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All throughout Macbeth, Macbeth is portrayed as a powerful and tragic hero. At the start of the play, Macbeth (M) is the Thane of Glamis and has a lot of respect from King Duncan and other powerful figures. M is praised because of his power and heroism as a knight. Duncan frequently praises M in the first few acts. For example, in act 1 scene 2, Duncan describes M as “noble”. This proves that Duncan had a lot of trust in M, so much that he made M the Thane of Glamis and Cawdor, however this praise begins M’s downfall.
M’s tragic downfall is progressed when the witches prophesize M’s future. They say that M will become the Thane of Cawdor, which comes as a surprise to M. M questions the witches, because he was only the Thane of Glamis at
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M’s flaws start to show after LM’s death. This is because M is not affected by it at all, but he shows very philosophical thoughts. Shakespeare may have done this intentionally because it may move the audience/ reader because M is showing deep thoughts, he has had none since he killed Duncan. “She should have died hereafter; There would have been a time for such a word. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow” In this quote, M says LM’s death was inevitable, and he knew it was going to happen someday due to his personality changing, thus putting LM to the side and letting his ambition grow. M’s philosophical side shows heroism because M becomes aware of what he has done and how it is morally wrong. However, M carries on and frequently changes from philosophical and thoughtful to tyrannical and ambitious. This may impact the reader because they may recognise that M is aware of his flaws. A Jacobean audience may understand this as well, because M’s strong and ambitious personality quickly changes to calm and ‘humble’ once LM died. This links to M’s past heroic personality because it may restore hope in the reader or M himself, since M is questioning his morality AGAIN after a significant character dies. Shakespeare may have used the element of foreshadowing since M questions his morality before and after killing Duncan, and has done the same for

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