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Macbeth as a Tragic Hero.

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Tragic Hero Macbeth deviates from an honorable noble soldier and becomes a tragic hero by gradually losing his conscience. It is inevitable for Macbeth to be a tragic hero because he is an exceptional being, he has the tragic flow of excessive pride and he suffers for what he has done before he dies. Yiyan Xie Mr. Simon According to Aristotle's text The Poetics, tragedy involves a male protagonist of high estate, status and nobility who falls from "grace and prosperity" on account of a series of reversals and discoveries that are a direct result of a "tragic flaw" or an innate weakness of character that bring about his death and the deaths of those he loves (class handout On the Nature of Tragedy Oct.26). At the beginning of Macbeth, Shakespeare describes Macbeth as an honorable nobleman who fights bravely for Scotland. Everything changes after Macbeth and Banquo meet the three witches. The three weird sisters greet Macbeth with prophecies, which encourage Macbeth's thought of killing Duncan and being king hereafter. ...read more.


In contrast with Macbeth, Banguo does not take his prophecy seriously. The witches tell him that he will be father of kings but he does not plan to do anything; he just wait to let it happen while Macbeth wants to make it happen by murdering Duncan and Banquo and planning to kill Fleance. Macbeth is willing to take the risk of going against his human nature; he is losing his conscience and becomes evil which leads to his tragic ending. Macbeth suffers mentally for what he has done before he dies. After Macbeth murders king Duncan, he begins to have hallucinations. Although he is no longer fair but foul, the hallucinations still torture him because he does not fully lose his conscience. He tells Lady Macbeth that he heard "There's one did laugh in's sleep, and one cried 'Murder!'" and "a voice cry 'Sleep no more!/ Macbeth does murder sleep'-the innocent sleep"(Macbeth: II: ii: 31-32, 47-48). Macbeth is terrified after he kills Duncan that he hallucinates that someone knows he is the murder. ...read more.


/ Liar and slave!" (Macbeth: V: v: 37- 40). Macbeth's pride is so excessive that he even refuses to believe what his messenger tells him. Macbeth has great confidence that the last two apparitions would never come true; however, the irony is that all three of them come true. Macduff leads the England forces to cut Great Binam Wood as disguise and go to Dunsiane Hill and he cuts off Macbeth's head. Near the end of the play, Macbeth's hands are stained with blood because he murders so many innocent people. He totally loses his conscience; he turns himself from an honorable noble soldier to a cruel tyrant tragic. and ends his life as a tragic hero. Macbeth is an exceptional being with extreme ambition, having a tragic flow of excessive pride and suffers mentally for what he has done and dies by being cutting off his head, therefore he deserves to be a tragic hero. Through the whole play, we can see the process of Macbeth losing his conscience, going against his human nature; he makes himself no longer honorable; he makes himself a tragic hero instead of just a noble soldier. ...read more.

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