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Rise and fall of macbeth

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Macbeth: Tragic hero or Tyrant? I am going to write about the evidence I have found to say that Macbeth was a tragic hero. This will include influences from the witches and Lady Macbeth who had a big impact on turning Macbeth into a Tyrant. At the beginning of this play, Macbeth is a successful warrior in the Scottish army. Against all odds, he defeated Irish mercenaries and the arch-rebel Macdonwald. This shows that Macbeth has great loyalty for his King and country. The king regards Macbeth highly and has a lot of trust and respect for him; he calls him a valiant cousin. This also gives the audience a good impression of Macbeth even though they have yet to see him. In act 1 scene 3 Macbeth encounters the three witches, who tell him the prophecies that he is to become Thane of Cawdor and later will be crowned King. Macbeth has been deliberately influenced by the supernatural powers of the witches. Later in the scene, Ross informs Macbeth that he is now Thane of Cawdor. ...read more.


This shows how Macbeth was thinking of the consequences of killing Duncan. This is a small glimpse of Macbeth's human side and shows that he does have a conscience; he has no real reason to kill Duncan other than his ambition. Lady Macbeth becomes clever in trying to persuade Macbeth to kill Duncan. She implies that he is a coward and that he was drunk when dreaming of becoming King. She almost patronises and ridicules him by saying it is not going to happen. She tries to eliminate any doubt in Macbeth's mind that he can become King. Lady Macbeth has a lot of influence on Macbeth in this scene and I believe she is completely to blame for the murder of Duncan. Before the murder takes place, Macbeth sees a vision of a dagger covered in blood with the handle pointing to him. Macbeth then speaks another soliloquy. He wonders if the dagger is inviting him to commit the murder. He now begins to think dark and evil thoughts. When Macbeth sees the dagger it shows us that he is beginning to go mad even before the murder has taken place. ...read more.


He has become so arrogant that he won't consider there to be a way. Macbeth now seeks his revenge on Macduff's family. He sends his soldiers to rape and kill his wife and children. In act 5 scene 5 Lady Macbeth dies and at this Macbeth shows no compassion, all he says is that 'she had to die sometime'. Macbeth has lost all sense of who he once was and in the end dies at the hands of Macduff. In conclusion, I think that Lady Macbeth and the witches are to blame for Macbeth becoming a tyrant. If the witches had not showed him the prophecies of becoming King then Lady Macbeth would not have forced him into killing King Duncan. In addition, if Lady Macbeth had not been so persuasive then he would not have done it. It was fate that he would meet the witches and they would make such accusations, and it would just so happen that the king would be coming to stay that night making the perfect opportunity for the killing. The great tragedy of the play is that Macbeth could have been so great but it was the fatal mistake of giving into his ambition that contributed most to his tragedy. Kelly - Ann Leighton ...read more.

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