The Tragic Hero Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essay

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The idea of a tragic hero is characterized by uprising and downfall. The rise of absolute power comes with the ruination of the mind and soul. Macbeth’s downfall happens gradually throughout the play. His uprising was his succession to becoming the King of Scotland and his downfall was the corruption of his character. Macbeth is a tragic hero because he has constantly been tormented throughout the play by his guilty conscience, until he somehow manages to lose his humanity and rules with a lack of compassion and his one flaw is his susceptible mind which powerful influences were able to exploit and poison. Macbeth’s first connection to the tragic hero is the ability to feel guilt. It shows that he can show remorse and shame for the crimes of his past. After Macbeth orders the murder of Banquo, he is haunted by the ghost of Banquo of what seems to be a guilt-induced hallucination, “Avaunt! And quick my sight! [L]et the earth hide thee! / Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold; / Thou hast no speculation in those eyes / Which thou dost glare with!“ (3. 4. 92-95). This apparition of Banquo is a manifestation of Macbeth’s guilt. In front of many, Macbeth has completely broken down due to the overwhelming feeling of contriteness. Macbeth struggling to control his emotions is him battling between hero and Tyrant. He has come to a realization of how evil he has become; the once hailed Macbeth who has been praised for his pure soul has now become a murderer with blood on his…

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