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To What Extent Does Macbeth Fulfil The Role Of A Shakespearean Tragic Hero?

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To What Extent Does Macbeth Fulfil The Role Of A Shakespearean Tragic Hero? The play Macbeth by Shakespeare is a tragedy like lots of his other plays. Macbeth is a renaissance tragic hero. The tragic hero was developed by Aristotle; there are 2 different types of tragic hero's, a Greek tragic hero and a renaissance tragic hero. Both of these tragic hero's are not totally good or bad this helps us relate to the character, they are normally at a high rank this allows them to fall, they also have a tragic flaw called Hamartia. In Greek tragedy the tragic flaw is controlled by the gods, so the hero cannot control what is going to happen to them it is fate, which the gods plan. In renaissance tragedy the tragic flaw is the hero's own fault, and their own free will what they do they could also be forgiven. The tragic flaw in the renaissance had to change from fate because of the gods because religion had changed in Christianity fate was not acceptable. The causes of the tragedy are revenge or ambition, when Macbeth's ambition to become king is so strong he kills Duncan. We know that Macbeth is the central character in the play because; the title of the play is "Macbeth" who is the main character in this famous play. In act 1 scene 1 Macbeth is the first character mentioned "there to meet with Macbeth." All, of the action revolves around Macbeth he is the pivotal character in the play he is either mentioned or in every scene in the whole play. ...read more.

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He wants things to go well and not to get caught, he hears the bell which is telling him to do the deed and also "a knell that summons thee to heaven or to hell." Which will also send Duncan to heaven or to hell. This soliloquy is before he is going to kill Banquo and his son Fleance; he believes "to be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus!" He is worried that Banquo knows what he is up to and Banquo was also there when the witches to them their prophesies. He has done all of this work killing Duncan and Banquo gets the line of sons and not Macbeth will not have a line of kings and sold his soul to the devil just "to make them kings, the seed of Banquo kings." This soliloquy ends with the murderers at the door. In the last scenes of the play Macbeth realises what he has done and regrets it because he has no friends. "my way of life is fallen into the sear." He realises this when he is getting ready for battle, if the weird sisters had not prophesied to him he would still have friends and be a good man. As we see how is feeling we feel sorry for him and a sense of regret. During all of this he finds out that his wife has died he regrets what they have done and wished "she should have died hereafter." Here we see that he is a caring man, he feels his life is nothing and there is no point to it now, we feel a sense of waste of his life. ...read more.

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It is also common for the play to end when the tragic hero dies, Macbeth is the only character we have a relationship with in the play, we hear his thoughts and feelings and understand all of his problems. When Macbeth dies and it is the end of the play we feel a sense of waste, because we have seen him progress from bad to worse, and seen all of the decisions he had made even though we might not agree with them all. We feel a sense of waste because we know it could have been different; he had lots of good points, he was a loyal man to his country when he was in battle at the being of the play. If he had not gone down the route of killing people and got to being king a different way he would have made a good king, because of all his good points. I think that Macbeth fulfils the role of a tragic hero. He starts off being a normal person anyone can relate to. By listening to the weird sister and his "vaulting ambition" he turns out to be a bad man and most of all a bad king. He turns back to being a good solider and man at the end of the play before he dies. Macbeth is a good play, we can relate to the main character and see if we were told prophesies by the weird sister we as the audience could try and it happen because we would want to be king and have the power. ...read more.

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