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Tragic Hero Macbeth

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Introduction

Tragic Hero Macbeth Tragic hero is the perfect description for the character Macbeth, which is written by William Shakespeare. Macbeth is introduced as a 'worthy gentlemen' and a 'noble man' at the start of the play. Macbeth superiors are people who have no reason to glorify him and therefore the compliments are far more credible. Also we can see that Macbeth is not present when he is being praised and this proves they and not complimenting him to please him. Macbeth has certain qualities such as bravely, loyalty and strength. Duncan comments Macbeth 'o valiant cousin'. However the hero Macbeth suffers misfortune due to destruction, which results him to his tragic flaw. A Tragedy occurs when a gradual change takes place in Macbeth. The factors that contribute to his change in character are his wife persuasion and power tactic, the witches and partly his own vaulting ambition is the tragic flaw that causes his downfall. There are also many other factors that influence and manipulate Macbeth's judgment. This causes Macbeth's character to degenerate from a noble man to a monster. The degeneration of Macbeth begins on the heath when the witches tell Macbeth about the prophecy. He becomes curious when he is told that he is to 'Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and the King of Scotland'. ...read more.

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By doing this she takes the spotlight of Macbeth and puts it on herself At first Macbeth is disgusted and horrified about the murder of Duncan. We can see this in Act 2 scene 2 when Macbeth begins to hallucinate but Lady Macbeth is disguises her anxiety 'A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight'. Macbeth is feeling guilty that they have the most evil deed. 'I had most need of blessing and 'Amen' stuck in my throat' (Act2 scene2 line 35) The audience can see he still has a conscience. 'Macbeth does murder sleep' nature is beginning to revolt. Macbeth's elevated language tells a he is not secure. 'Me thought I heard a voice cry, 'sleep no more:' the idea that he can hear a voice saying his murdered sleep. At this point in the play Macbeth is feeling instability, insecurity and paranoid. 'Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?' (Act 2 Scene 2 lines 63-64). This metaphor is showing as Macbeth's guilt. The audience can see Macbeth was truly loyal, but because of his wife's persuasion techniques and his own vaulting ambition, Macbeth has a sudden change of fortune from happiness to disasater. This murder does not alter his moral state of mind. ...read more.

Conclusion

'to doubt th'equivocation of the fiend that lies like truth' this shows the audience he doubts what he has said about the witches. 'What's he that was not born of woman?' He has one hope; the only thing he can rely on that is no man born of women can defeat him. Act 5 scene8 Macbeth boasts that no naturally born man can kill him. Macduff then reveals his caesarean birth. Macbeth then refuses to fight. However Macbeth, the 'hell hound' is threatened to fight by Macduff.Macbeth finally realises that his been tricked and his hopes are up. Later on in this scene Macbeth faces death. In conclusion, Macbeth's ambition also influenced his declining character. However I sympathise with Macbeth because it was Lady Macbeth that had introduced the concept of murder to Macbeth in the first place. Macbeth's denouement was death. The audience can see Macbeth was mislead to become so evil by others. Macbeth was once a 'worthy gentlemen' and because of his harmatia a sudden change of fortune took place, from happiness to disaster, which lead to his final outcome. The audience feel both pity and terror because Macbeth's misfortune was greater than he deserved. Macbeth is a tragic hero because he had certain virtues and qualities of nobility and greatness, which distinguish them from the other characters. Nafisa Patel 10GA ...read more.

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