Macbeth As A Tragic Hero Essay

1666 Words Nov 21st, 2014 7 Pages
Shakespeare’s Macbeth is one of his most popular plays, and with good reason. The play is known as one of Shakespeare’s tragedies, but it is set apart from his others. The villains in his other tragedies are ruthless and immoral; Macbeth is known as a tragic hero. Shakespeare develops Macbeth in the play through the characters Macbeth comes into contact with, strange and powerful supernatural forces, and a constant guilt that never goes away from one bad decision. The play begins with Macbeth and his friend Banquo returning from war. They have been successful in battle, and we learn that Macbeth will be named Thane of Cawdor. However, this is unknown to Macbeth at this time. Along the way home, Macbeth and Banquo run into three unnatural beings, who we learn are witches. The witches, known as the Weird Sisters, greet Macbeth with, “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!” The Sisters then greet Banquo with, “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none. So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!” Refusing to answer any questions of the prophecy they just made, the Weird Sisters vanish from the scene, much to the disappointment of Macbeth. Banquo, on the other hand, chooses to ignore them. This is where the ambitious character of Macbeth begins to show. Now that the idea of “king” is in his head, he must chase it. After returning home from the war, Macbeth and…

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