The Tragic Hero Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essay

1678 Words Dec 31st, 2015 7 Pages
A Greek philosopher named Aristotle once said, “Tragedy is an imitation not of men but of a life, and action…”. Aristotle is mainly known for his theory of tragedy. His definition of tragedy applies to William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. The play is based on a hero who reaches a high position in the play and then falls because of his choices. Macbeth is considered a tragic hero according to Aristotle’s aspects that make a tragedy. Macbeth is neither a villain nor a perfect character, he is presented in the play in a high stature, he starts to make multiple mistakes and due to his actions, he causes his downfall.
First of all, Macbeth is neither a villain nor a perfect hero in the play. According to Aristotle’s theory about the tragic hero, “The hero is neither a villain nor a model of perfection but is basically good and decent”. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is introduced by the captain as a brave and loyal character by saying, “For Brave Macbeth (he well deserves that name),/ Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel,/ … carved out his passage/ Till he faced the slave; / Which ne’er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,/ Till he unseamed him from the nave to th’ chops,/ And fixed his head upon our battlements” (Shakespeare 1.2.18-25). The captain is talking about Macbeth as a great character who is sacrificing his life for his country against the invasion. Macbeth might be brave and loyal, but he is not perfect because of the lives of soldiers who die by his…

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