Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

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The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a classic representation of a Shakespearean masterpiece. An Aristotelian tragic hero is someone of noble status who has a tragic flaw and his (or her) personality suffers a fall from grace due to that tragic flaw, only to redeem a small measure of that lost nobility through self-awareness. In this drama Macbeth is given the main role. He is a noble war hero who experiences a tragic flaw. Macbeth undoubtedly fits the definition of a tragic hero because he maintains noble status, has a tragic flaw that leads to his downfall, and he manages to regain a small measure of that lost nobility when he experiences a moment of self awareness. A key aspect of an aristotelian tragic hero Macbeth clearly …show more content…
This sudden realization of himself in his current situation allows Macbeth to maintain a bit of his nobility. As Macbeth’s servant comes to give the news of “ten thousand” English soldiers approaching Dunsinane, he scolds the servant. After the departure of the servant, Macbeth calls out to Seyton and begins to speak. Macbeth says, “I have lived long enough: my way of life Is fall'n into the sear, the yellow leaf; And that which should accompany old age, As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends…”(V, III, 26-29). Macbeth realizes that he has become a horrific and corrupt person who should no longer look for the good things in life. Shortly after this realization, Macbeth is slain by Macduff. Macbeth fights till his last breath, he is betrayed by the weird sisters and their prophecies. Macbeth's understanding of his new self shows his lasting nobility just before his death. The nobleman realizes what he has become which further cements his role as a tragic hero. Macbeth is a prime example of a tragic hero. The war heros noble status is an extremely important part of his role in the play. A high ranking citizen of Scotland allows for the perfect setting for a tragic hero. Macbeth desired more than what he had or would have had. This is simply human nature, however in the case of Macbeth this led to his downfall. His ambitious personality

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