Macbeth: Tragic HeroIn The Play Macbeth By William Shakespeare, We Dis

August 14, 2018 General Studies

cover thatMacbeth is a tragic hero. Macbeth is very ambitious, courageous,and a moral coward: all these things lead to his tragic death atthe end of the play.

At the beginning of the play, Shakespeare defines Macbeth as ahero very clearly. From the courages in defense of Scotland issignificant in the opening scene. However, he is very ambitiousto be king. At the beginning of the play, he was loyal to theking. While he did imagine of murder his mind rejects it andsaid, “Why, if fate will have me king, why, chance may crown me,”- Act I, Sc 3, p.44-45.

Yet increasingly his ambition defeated his good nature. WhenDuncan named Malcolm the Prince of Cumberland, Macbeth decided onthe murder of Duncan. When Duncan arrived at Inverness, Macbethcontroled his ambition for the time being and did not killDuncan. The failing of his decision was soon reflected by LadyMacbeth who called him a coward. From then on, after the murderof Duncan, Macbeth entered into a life of evil.

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Since he overcomed his good nature, he no longer needed to be withhis friend Banquo. He wanted to protect his ambition, by killingthe king, and now he killed Banquo, due to the prediction of whatthe witches said about Banquo’s son becoming the king. Macbethwanted to ensure that he would reach his ambition withoutproblems.

Macbeth, who now no longer needed any encouragement from LadyMacbeth, started to leave her in ignorance of his plans. Near theend of the play, Lady Macbeth sleepwalked and had a dream aboutthe killing of Duncan and Banquo. She died because of all thispressure and her guilt about the murder.Soul of Macbeth havebeen destroyed since Macbeth love Lady Macbeth very much, as shownin Act I, Sc. 5, p.58, “My Dearest Love.”The power of nemesis is shown clearly at the end of the play whenMacduff came back to murder Macbeth. Macbeth would never haveguessed that Macduff would come back for revenge for the killingin Macduff’s household. This nemesis shows an additional forcebeyond Macbeth’s control. Because of Macbeth’s strong beliefs inambition and the witches, when he found out Macduff was not bornof woman, and also found out the Birnam Wood had been seen moving,he realized that the third apparition had deceived him and heunderstood he was no longer safe.

Through the development of this tragedy, Macbeth has turnedfrom a fine natured person to an evil person. His ambition,strong belief in the witches, has brought him to a tragic end of hislife, and caused many people to lose their lives.


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