• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How far does Macbeth fit the dramatic model of a tragic hero ?

Extracts from this document...


Coursework : 'Macbeth' How far does Macbeth fit the dramatic model of a tragic hero ? Shakespeare wrote the play Macbeth building up some relation with the reality in it. To introduce the historical context, this play has been written in 1606 while the reign of James 1st of England. This King was preceded by Queen Elisabeth. In the play, two characters are compared to her: Duncan, because she had the habit of gracing her favoured Nobleman just as Duncan graces Macbeth, and Macbeth, because she was ruthless, just as he is. As for James 1st of England, he wrote a book about witchcraft, called Daemonology. As a boy, he had been told many times of how his family descended from Banquo. In 1606, he watched a performance of Macbeth and was very pleased. All of this to say that when writing this play, Shakespeare had it well adapted to the historical context. Macbeth is seen as a dramatic character because he has got the attributes needed to be a tragic hero. For this, there are several important points: the character must have a high stature; indeed Macbeth is a nobleman, a Thane: ?I know I am Thane of Glamis? (I, iii p.7), he must commit an act which will begin his downfall; Macbeth's downfall starts when he ...read more.


But then some uncertainty comes in for the rest of the soliloquy; Macbeth asks himself questions: ?Why hath it given me earnest of success, commencing in a truth ??, and some 'seesaw' rhythms express this uncertainty: from ?This supernatural soliciting? to ?Against the use of nature ??. His state of mind is showed by his way of speaking: he uses an irregular grammar and the meaning of his words is different. We can see this in the quotation ?My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smother'd in surmise?. This soliloquy is important; it actually is Macbeth's first soliloquy of the play. It is significant because as Macbeth makes his speech, the audience starts to discover how he thinks, understands and interprets facts and ideas, as other people won't especially use the same way(s) and method(s) of analysing the situations. Uncertainty and doubt is also shown by his vocabulary and the type of phrase he uses. So we notice questions, but also small sentences, small affirmations: ?I am Thane of Cawdor?. The vocabulary he uses is peculiar: ?supernatural?, ?horrible imaginings?, ?fantastical?. It suggests that Macbeth is somewhere else, lost in his thoughts, and therefore, confused and uncertain. ...read more.


And she actually starts to worry about him what proves she cares for him. But we can see she feels excluded from Macbeth's latest plans and this may add up some anger to her feelings. In Act V scene v, Macbeth learns about his wife's death. His response to the news is very significant because he really emits the feeling that he doesn't care; his reply starts by ?She should have died hereafter? and this is absolutely the opposite of what the audience expects. Moreover, it is an officer, called Seyton, who tells him Lady Macbeth's death, in an aggressive and very direct way: ?The queen, my lord, is dead?. The pronunciation of this officer's name, Seyton, remembers Satan who actually represents evil. This gives us the impression that evil in itself comes to give the news to Macbeth and this also suggests that Lady Macbeth went to hell. So we can conclude that nothing but a unexpected reaction and a secondary persona can even make a character like Macbeth more tragic than he already is. The tragic hero Macbeth plays is revealed by three essential points: his character, as well as his wife, Lady Macbeth, and his ambition, involving the three witches. They all help and contribute to the dramatic persona in which he lives, feels and dies. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. In the famous play Macbeth, William Shakespeare stimulates the senses with both blood imagery ...

    Come, let me clutch thee; / I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. / Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible/ To feeling as to sight? ..." (II.i.33-37). The dagger is a visual sight that Shakespeare uses to shows Macbeth's guilt haunting him before his crime.

  2. 100 plus maketing plan

    With aggressive marketing strategy and product positioning, isotonic drinks is ready to take the global lead in ready-to-drink industry. 3.4 Financial objectives The estimated cost that will incurred while marketing of isotonic drink is about 10 crores or 10 billion Indian rupees for one year.

  1. IB MYP Essay on Macbeth and Unchecked ambition

    her way which is very much like Macbeth in the end of the play. But unlike Macbeth, Lady Macbeth's lust for power and unchecked ambition leads to her lost of sanity and eventually her demise. Towards the end of the play, we see Lady Macbeth pay the price for killing King Duncan to achieve power.

  2. Macbeth as a Tragic Hero.

    He wants to say omen and please for god's forgiveness to release his guilt but he cannot pronounce it. Macbeth does not feel safe even he becomes the king of Scotland because he does not have any children and the witches said that Banquo will be father of kings.

  1. Macbeth extended essay - the aim of this investigation is to state how ambition ...

    - All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter." <Act 1, Scene 3, line 51-53> . The prophecy says that Macbeth will become the Thane of Cawdor and the King of Scotland. At first, Macbeth doubts the witches' prophecy. Even though Macbeth doesn't seem to believe the prophecy at this point, this is where the conflict begins.

  2. In Time for a Tiger, Anthony Burgess impresses upon his readers that his heroes ...

    When first introduced to Alladad Khan, it is stated that he "is not a very orthodox Muslim" (pg. 42). He sees no harm in drinking, eating pork, or even kissing. For me these did not seem like severe offenses, in my culture alcohol is allowed moderately, eating pork is a norm and kissing is a sign of love.

  1. Women in Macbeth

    Since she is such a complex character, the audience has to make their own conclusions about her personality and drive behind her actions. She appears at first to be loving but ambitious. By the end of the play, Lady Macbeth is revealed to be cruel but loyal, aggressive, ruthless and neurotic.

  2. Hamlet Act II Questions and Answers

    all his visage waned, Tears in his eyes, distraction in his aspect, A broken voice, and a whole function suiting With forms to his conceit? And all for nothing!" (II.ii.564-567). The actor put in so much emotion for an artificial situation, relatively similar to Hamlet's situation, and Hamlet becomes bothered

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work