Macbeth: Describe Macbeth as a Tragic Hero Essay

1382 Words Nov 4th, 2001 6 Pages
MACBETH AS A TRAGIC HERO

Tragic heroes are within everyone, but cannot be fully exposed or understood without the essential tragic qualities. One must be a potentially noble character who endures heroic qualities and has respect and admiration from the society. Consequently, they must be essentially great. Also within the character must be a flaw or weakness that leads to a fall. Lastly, one is required to possess an element of suffering and redemption. Remorse and regret is a necessity for ones wrong doings or deeds. One's pays for their wrong doings because of failure to find happiness and regrets for actions taken. Therefore they die heroically. In the play "Macbeth" this quality of a tragic hero is portrayed though the character
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This results in the others being expected to believe her. However, she incessantly declares that he is much too kind, "Yet I do fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness…" (Act 1, Sc 5) Lady Macbeth acknowledges that he has ambition but maintains that he lacks the evil that should attend it. Furthermore, Macbeth yearn for the crown but would as though he is riding high on the crest of the wave and endures the potential to furthur but his flaw of incessant kindness prevents his yearning. It is those strong brave qualities that rise him high in not play foully for it. It is society and Lady Macbeth wishes he would apply them appropriatly. Their stable relationship is yet another feature that brings forth Macbeth's potential. Despite Macbeth's great potential he endures an overriding flaw that he constantly gives in to. This overbearing flaw is his excessive ambition. He wishes to only get the crown, but demands to do nothing to rightfully achieve it. He refuses to kill his beloved king Duncan. For he belives he too kind and nice a man to deserve such a punishment. Macbeth initially fights against his dark and evil impulses, but he evenutally surcomes to them. It was his wife, Lady Macbeth, who convinced Macbeth to obey his evil urges by her clever

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