Macbeth : At War With Himself Essay

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Macbeth: At War with Himself
Aristotle once said, "A man cannot become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall." This can be related to the tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. The protagonist of the play, Macbeth, depicts the role of a hero for various reasons. Not only is he bold enough to change his life completely, but he trusts his fate so much that he lets it kill him. On his suspenseful journey to success, Macbeth only has one goal, and that is to become King of Scotland. He will not allow anything to get in the way of his objective. Power-hungry Macbeth will also go great lengths in order to become King. The ambitious Thane of Glamis leads in the tragedy of Macbeth which unravels the characteristics of a tragic hero, ultimate fate, and death.
A tragic hero possesses two main characteristics, hamartia and ambition. Hamartia, being the flaw or error of judgment. Macbeth 's fatal flaw is the execution of the three great crimes. The three great crimes consist of the murder of King Duncan and the killings of Banquo and Macduff 's family. These crimes demonstrate the strength of Macbeth 's desire to obtain the title of King. By carrying out these brutal plans, Macbeth shows his disregard in morality. The great Thane fails to realize that focusing on what he can be instead of what he is results in irrational thinking and acting based on feeling rather than reason. "Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor: / The greatest is behind" (I.iii.116-17). Actions based on…

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