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Macbeth - Tragic Hero

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...Tragic Hero TRAGEDY has a long tradition in drama. The ancient Greeks acted tragedies in which the hero suffered at the hands of the Gods because of some fault on his part, perhaps some crime such as the killing of a close relative (as, for example, Oedipus). In Shakespearean tragedy the hero's fault or error is the result of a flaw in his character. The HERO is the central character, who is admired for his achievements and qualities, and for his high status in society. Later in the play his flawed character leads to his disgrace and death. Macbeth's flaw is merciless ambition, which leads to the murder of friends and comrades, and encourages him to "trade and traffic" with evil spirits. ...read more.


James had written a book condemning witchcraft and his ancestor was Banquo, so in both these ways the play was designed to please the King. Finally, in 1605 there had been a Catholic plot to assassinate the King and seize power. The play is largely about treason and assassination. The play opens with three witches deciding to speak to Macbeth after a battle, which gives the impression that there may be a relation between the three witches and himself, and that Macbeth may have a dark, callous kind of soul. Then King Duncan is given an account of the battle by some of his officers. Banquo and, especially, Macbeth have fought against the Norwegians, the rebels and the Thane of Cawdor. ...read more.


He is shocked and frightened although interested and anxious to hear more of the words that the witches speak. Banquo is very weary of the witches and of what they speak to Macbeth. But Macbeth wants to hear more. Some lords bring the news that Duncan has been promoted to Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth and Banquo are equally shocked and Macbeth accepts the news, although Banquo and he are still amazed at the fact that the present time was foretold by the three witches. The King honours Macbeth further by planning to visit his home castle. He also honours his elder son, Malcolm, by promoting him to the "Prince of Cumberland." Macbeth now has two obstacles in his path. Lady Macbeth is equally ambitious. She helps and guides Macbeth through the deadly deed of the murder of King Duncan Characters/Comparisons. Conclusion. ...read more.

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