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Is the term ‘tragic hero’ one which can be applied to Macbeth?

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Is the term 'tragic hero' one which can be applied to Macbeth A hero is a man who has many heroic qualities and a person who is brave and admired. A tragic hero on the other hand is a man whose personality contains a fatal flaw which brings across his downfall and a man who loses all of his heroic qualities and is aware of his loss. Macbeth has a fatal flaw which soon turns into his: 'vaulting ambition' Which is to fulfil the witches prophecy to become king of Scotland. His 'vaulting ambition' also prevents him from fulfilling his potential. After committing regicide and usurping the throne Macbeth's downfall becomes apparent. After losing his heroic qualities Macbeth has developed negative characteristics which allow him to be deceptive and more ruthless which is a tragedy. At the time of king Duncan's death there was a strong belief that the king was appointed by God which is known as the divine right of king's . Also only God had the right to take the king's life and anyone who dared commit regicide will be banished to hell for eternity. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is portrayed by Shakespeare as being a respected figure with many heroic qualities, he has done this to emphasise the change in Macbeth's character and to highlight his downfall. ...read more.


She manipulates Macbeth in order to get what she wants which is the throne. After usurping the throne Macbeth changes greatly. He goes from being a popular man who was rewarded the title the Thane of Cawdor by the king, a superb tactician who was well respected by his peers. To a someone is not well respected. He loses all of this respect and admiration which is a tragedy. It is also a tragedy that a man who had so much potential has lost all of this: 'As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends,' The phrase 'troops of friends' portrays the image that Macbeth's lost all of his friends and is now alone and does not have any of the things a true king has. Macbeth has lost his honour, love, obedience and friends and is aware of his loss which heightens this tragedy. Macbeth is unhappy and is aware of what he's lost this is proven when he say's: '................................This push Will cheer me ever or disseat me now. I have liv'd long enough.' Macbeth is aware of what he has lost and there is a great sense of regret. The words 'have liv'd long enough' indicate that he has lost the will to live which is a great calamity. ...read more.


He is also called: 'Black Macbeth' The word black reveals that Macbeth is base and his rule has been evil, it is a tragedy that a once beloved man has lost all of his respect. After his reign he is known as a: 'butcher' This word makes Macbeth sound like a baneful person who is only interested in misery and death giving him an image rather like the grim reaper a man who's evil and very harmful. I believe that the term tragic hero is one that can be applied to Macbeth. I believe this because from the moment that he committed regicide he started losing his heroic qualities such as his inability to deceive, his patriotism, his courage and the inspiration he was to so many men. He soon becomes an evil baneful man and a hopeless ruler. Macbeth loses the will to live and loses the respect he once had he even loses respect for his wife this is proven when he say's: 'She would have died hereafter' He now has no love for his wife and feels no bereavement or no pain over the death of his equal. Macbeth is cold hearted, cold blooded and sees no meaning in life. Macbeth was a man of many heroic qualities and positive characteristics unfortunately he loses these positive qualities and features after losing these he develops many new negative characteristics which is a tragedy. Manpreet Singh Sidhu ...read more.

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