The Tragic Hero Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essay

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In the playwright, “Macbeth” composed by William Shakespeare, momentous ideas of the tragedy of humanity, ambition leading to evil and the art of manipulation can be reflected in the use of characterisation, language and dramatic techniques. This will give attained in depth insight and understanding to the characters throughout the play.

“Macbeth” written by Shakespeare depicts the central theme of tragedy that exemplifies the downfall of a man who is a tragic hero. ‘The Wheel of Fortune” or “Rota Fortunae” is a concept that refers to a woman named Fortuna spinning a wheel that changes the states of human beings that bring either great fortune or misfortune. This ‘playing of god’ concept delineated in many plays of Shakespeare, including Hamlet, Henry V, and King Lear and of course Macbeth representing a tragic hero’s downfall. In the beginning of the play, the character of Macbeth appears to be a happy man who in which is surrounded by good fortune. However, due to misjudgement and disregard for the consequences of killing a man he befalls and is in complete contrast to his previous happy state. “Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires” – Macbeth, Act 1 scene 4. The exemplified tragic flaw of Macbeth’s egotism and how it takes over his character to kill King Duncan thus letting it destroy him. “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me” – Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 3. A representation of Macbeth’s view of the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ concept as…

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