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Is Macbeth a Traditional Tragic Hero?

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Is Macbeth a Traditional Tragic Hero? This essay will help me to decide whether Macbeth was a traditional tragic hero or not. For Macbeth to be classified as a tragic hero he has to be of noble birth, be brave, have a fatal flaw, cause suffering to others and the audience should feel a loss at his death. For Macbeth to be of a noble birth he has to be part of the royal family. Macbeth also has to be a brave soldier and protect his country if he is a tragic hero. The third characteristic is a fatal flaw in his personality, which drives Macbeth to his death. Macbeth has to make others suffer. He causes suffering to many people throughout the play. The audience should feel a little upset when Macbeth dies, if he has this final quality as well as all the rest he is a traditional tragic hero. The play "Macbeth", is about a Scottish noble and how he rose to be King of Scotland and then fell after being deserted by his army and was murdered. Macbeths fits the first quality of a traditional tragic hero he was born in a royal family, noble birth In this extract Duncan addresses Macbeth as, "O valiant cousin," (I II 24) ...read more.

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After seeing he became even more ambition since he believed he was invincible. And would stay king. "Laugh to scorn the power of a man, For none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth." The tings that the witches said says that no man who is born of woman can kill Macbeth. Another tells Macbeth that he cannot be killed till Birnam wood moves to Dunsinane. Macbeth grows even more confidant and laughs as he says. "Who can impress the forest, bid the tree unfix His earthbound root? Sweet bodiments, good!" (IV I 95-6) He asks who would be able to tell the wood to take its roots out of the ground and walk towards Dunsinane. It makes him think that it is a completely impossible thing to do. Unfortunately for Macbeth the witches have twisted the truth so it seemed impossible for Macbeth to die, but in the end all the things the witches said come true in ways you wouldn't expect. The other side to this story is that Macbeth may have been influenced into doing the terrible things he did by his wife and the witches. Hecate the head of the witches outlines this point. "And, which is worse, all you have done Hath been for wayward son, Spiteful and wrateful, who, as others do, Loves for his own ends, not for you. ...read more.

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In my view all the events in this play are due to Lady Macbeth's persuading Macbeth and the misleading witches. Near to the end of the play I began to feel Scotland needed a new king and Macbeth should be overthrown because it felt wrong for him to be king by murdering everyone. He had also become very bloodthirsty and needed to be stopped. If someone had known earlier Macbeth could have been saved, but he did in the end kill people for the love of his wife and I did feel sorry for him so I think he fits the last quality of a traditional tragic hero. I conclude this essay with the fact that Macbeth is a traditional tragic hero. Firstly he is brave, whether it's to protect his country or to protect himself and he fought right to the end. He was also noble to his king and country before the witches poisoned his mind; he was related to Duncan, which meant he was of noble birth. He had his fatal flaw ambition, without it he wouldn't have caused all the trouble he did, he caused suffering to many people and finally I felt a sense of loss when he died. In my opinion Macbeth has all the qualities a character needs to be a traditional tragic hero. After looking through the book and researching the given task I have decided that Macbeth is a traditional tragic hero. Rohan Patel 11.3 English c/w ...read more.

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