Essay on Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

1373 Words Dec 10th, 2015 6 Pages
In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the character of Macbeth is a subject of debate. The debate, however, is not Macbeth’s morality, but rather the results of his morality. It’s clear that Macbeth is on the wrong side of what is morally right, but does that make him a monster, or is actually a tragic hero? The classical definition of a tragic hero is someone who; comes from a noble background, has a fatal flaw that will lead to his demise, experiences a reversal of fortune, in which his circumstances change for the worse, recognizes that he, himself, has caused his own demise, and often draws sympathy from the audience at the end of the story. Based on the classical definition of a tragic hero, Macbeth is one. Macbeth is a tragic hero because; he starts off the story with power, and nobility, he has too much ambition which leads to his downfall, at a point in the play, he recognizes that his destruction was his own fault, and at the end of the play, he draws sympathy from the audience. Nobility of Birth, is the first requirement for a tragic hero: the hero has to start off as a hero, respected and often of royal descent. Macbeth, starts off the play in this state. Macbeth has just won a major battle, already is a Thane of Glamis and is about to become Thane of Cawdor, which are positions of nobility. Macbeth is described in the beginning as, “Brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name-disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel” (I.ii.2). The character of Macbeth, at this…

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