Essay on The Tragic Hero Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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Works of literature involving tragic heroes are known throughout literature as dramatic tragedies. A tragic hero is a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy that is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat. Aristotle depicts the aspects of a tragic hero, which include the following: experience a downfall, a powerful wish to achieve some goal, a flaw/some mistake, and dies at the end/undergoes a change in fortune. The character Macbeth in the well-known play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, displays all the characteristics that follow the guidelines of Aristotle’s description of a tragic hero. A comparison between a tragic hero and Macbeth can be made, due to the fact that Macbeth shares the same qualities depicted of a tragic hero.
First and foremost on the topic of how Macbeth relates to a tragic hero is how Macbeth experiences a preeminent downfall. His downfall is caused by the combination of hubris and the will of the gods. The hubris that Macbeth carries himself with is displayed in the following lines, “Bring me no more reports; let them fly all: Till Birnam wood remove to Dunsinane, I cannot taint with fear. What 's the boy Malcolm? Was he not born of woman? The spirits that know All mortal consequences have pronounced me thus: 'Fear not, Macbeth; no man that 's born of woman shall e 'er have power upon thee. ' Then fly, false thanes, and mingle with the English epicures: The mind I sway by and the heart I bear shall never sag with doubt nor shake with…

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