Macbeth As A Tragic Hero Essay

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Does committing criminal acts make you a villain, or merely a victim of tragic circumstance? 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 he actually a tragic hero? The classical definition of a tragic hero is someone who; comes from a noble background, has a fatal flaw that leads to their demise, experiences a reversal of fortune, in which his circumstances change for the worse, recognizes that they, themselves, have caused their 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 is too ambitious, which leads to his downfall, he eventually 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…

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