Essay on Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

1016 Words Jan 12th, 2016 null Page
Macbeth was a powerful general who had it; however, he got ambitious and through a series of tragedies and mistakes he was knocked off of his pedestal. In the tragedy Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, Macbeth is told prophecies that he will become king of Scotland from three witches and he kills his king, Duncan, to see this realizes. Macbeth is not opposed once Duncan is dead as Duncan’s son, Malcolm, raises an army with the help of England and with Macduff he challenges and eventually defeats the crazed and erratic Macbeth. Macbeth is in fact a tragic hero as he loses all of the power and respect he had as a thane and general all in a bid to gain power, and through all of his misdeeds he maintains a sense of guilt for all the evil he is causing. Macbeth is a tragic hero as he loses his position of power, has a tragic flaw, and feels guilty about his wrongdoings. Macbeth has everything he could ever want, he is thane of Cawdor, thane of Glamis, and a respected general in Scotland; however, he throws it all away because he wants more. Duncan asks a sergeant how the battle against the traitorous thane of Cawdor is going and he responds by saying that the traitor is, “too weak / For brave Macbeth--well he deserves that name” showing the respect that Duncan and Macbeth’s men have for him (1.2.15-16). Any person would be content with Macbeth’s position; however, he wants more. The tragedy that befalls Macbeth is that he cannot stop his craving for power and it…

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