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Macbeth the tragic hero.

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Macbeth. I have recently been studying the Shakespeare play 'Macbeth'. Macbeth fits the genre of a tragedy play. A tragedy is a play in verse or prose dealing with tragic events and with a sorrowful ending. A tragic hero is usually the principal male character in a play, tragic hero's in literature show qualities such as bravery and nobility at first but because of a fatal flaw or weakness in their character, they change for the worst and their down fall ends in death. I think that the character Macbeth does fit these guidelines because at the beginning of the play he showed he was honourable, noble, determined, and skilled as he fought bravely during the battle, but throughout the play is transformed by the decisions he makes. As in act 1 scenes 7 Macbeth has second thoughts about murdering King Duncan, "We will proceed no further in this business:" but after talking to Lady Macbeth, she has convinced him to do it, as she accuses him of being a coward by saying, 'art thou afeard?' At the start of the play Macbeth is brave, he fights against Macdonald in battle, he is carving his way through people without resting. The King of Norway starts a fresh but that did not disturb Macbeth. ...read more.

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Also the Lords believe that he is not a good ruler. I think that Macbeth is partially at fault for what happen, but it was mostly his wife, Lady Macbeth, who pushed him to do most of the things, which began his downfall to a tragic hero. The first stage of Lady Macbeth influencing Macbeth towards a tragic hero was when she to tells and persuades him to kill King Duncan When lady Macbeth gets the letter that told her about the prophecies she said, "what thou art promised - yet do I fear thy nature", this mean that she is worried that Macbeth will not go through with their plan to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth also says, in act 1 scene 5, "Hie thee hither that I may pour my spirits in thine ear", this means 'hurry here so that I can influence you with evil thoughts and argue away.' When Macbeth decides that he does not want to kill the King she asks him if he only agreed to it because he was drunk and now he has woken to see that it was not a good idea, "was the hope drunk." Once again Lady Macbeth has accused him her husband of being cowardly when she states that when the time was not right he was prepared to do the ...read more.

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The main characters that suffered include Lady Macbeth; because she fell victim to guilt and madness to a greater degree than her husband, she is affected so much by her conscience that she commits suicide. King Duncan suffered because it was murdered, so that Macbeth could become king. His death symbolizes the destruction of an order in Scotland. Because they lost their father and they had to flee to England, Duncan's sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, also suffered. Many lives have been wasted including Macduff's Family, which was pointless. Therefore Macduff also suffered as his wife and son were slaughtered. According to the Witches prophecies Banquo's children should inherit the Scottish throne, although Banquo also has ambitious thoughts like Macbeth does, he does not translate those thoughts into actions. Banquo represents the path Macbeth chose not to take. Macbeth sends murderers to kill Banquo and his son, but his son escapes. In conclusion, my opinion is that Macbeth is a tragic hero, according to the evidence that he started as a "worthy gentleman!" when he fought bravely in the battle, but during the play develops into murderer, tyrant and "usurper", or in other word, he became someone who kills the rightful king and takes his place. Until at the final point in the play Macbeth is kill by Macduff. Macbeth fit the definition of a 'tragic hero' perfectly. ...read more.

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