Macbeth As A Tragic Hero Essays

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Macbeth as a Tragic Hero
Throughout history, humanity has consistently risen to great heights, but due to our flawed nature, met failure and loss. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, it is conveyed through Macbeth which eventually drove Macbeth mad and made him a tragic hero. Due to Macbeths actions, ambition and arrogance he makes many disastrous choices during the play. These decisions leave people very hurt and he affects all of Inverness, Scotland with his immoral outcomes. Macbeth has so much desire for what the three witches told him, he cannot deviate from the thoughts of the golden crown. An examination of Macbeths elevated social status, reversal of fortune, and finally, catastrophic conclusion will reveal him to be an iconic tragic hero.
To begin, Macbeth rises as a tragic hero through his increased social status. Before Macbeth encounters the three witches, his rank increased as a result of his bravery on the battlefield as the Thane of Cawdor and is King Duncan’s favorite solider. Macbeth’s ambition rises when he meets the three witches and it is confirmed to him that he is a Thane of Cawdor: “All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis, all hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth. That shalt be king hereafter.” (I.III. II 47-49) in this quote, we see that the three witches are telling Macbeth his destiny and he believes them and starts to gain a goal to become all of that, especially king, this is what starts Macbeth’s drive to murder…

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