Essay On Macbeth As A Tragic Hero In Things Fall Apart

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Tragic hero: A person of high rank or quality that suffers a downfall as a result of his or her tragic flaw. All three of these characters executed a high rank or quality. William Shakespeare the playwright of Macbeth, which is a tragedy about Macbeth a general in King Duncan’s army, prophesied that he is now in line to be King after Duncan and Malcolm. His ambition to become king makes him into a killer and a liar. Jeff Hobbs the author of the award winning novel The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, which tells the story of his Yale roommate who left Newark for the Ivy League. Rob, an intelligently gifted man, made poor decisions which led him to an early death. And Chinua Achebe the writer of the novel Things Fall Apart, which tells the story of Okonkwo who holds a high-ranked position in the community and is known for his skill as a wrestler and warrior. But his fear of being weak leads him to assist in the murder of Ikemefuna whom he loved, to beat his wives, be emotionally distant from his children, and to disown his oldest son. Robert, Macbeth, and Okonkwo have the character traits of being exceptional, however their tragic flaw leads them to their downfall. …show more content…
Once the three witches gave him the prophecy that he will be promoted to Thane of Cawdor, and then to become the King of Scotland, Macbeth’s bad decisions began. Macbeth started out as the noble and brave general for killing Macdonwald. “Brave Macbeth, laughing at Luck, Chopped his way through to Macdonwald, who didn’t even have to say goodbye or shake hands before Macbeth split him open from his navel to his jawbone and stuck his head on our castle walls.”(Macbeth,1.2.14-19) Macbeth’s ambition was his tragic flaw. Instead of waiting and letting the prophecy take its toll, he decided to take matters into his own hand and kill King

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