The Tragic Hero Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essay

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A tragic hero is the main character in a tragedy that proves to have a high rank and nobility. In dramas, there is usually a tragic hero, which acquires heroic characteristics, while the play progresses the hero is marred by a flaw. A hero’s fatal mistake is their tragic flaw, which contributes to the character 's downfall. William Shakespeare wrote the play, The Tragedy of Macbeth, to show a normal man with noble qualities, who rises to the top, but then his tragic flaw ultimately leads to his demise. The tragic hero of the play is a Scottish general named Macbeth. Throughout the play, Macbeth faces many difficulties, but the biggest difficulty he faces is himself. Macbeth continuously creates a situation he cannot control or change due to his poor decisions. Macbeth’s tragic flaw is his ambition, which leads him to his downfall as a hero.
In the beginning of the play, Macbeth demonstrates that he has an authoritative status and redeeming qualities by defeating the Norwegians. Macbeth is viewed as heroic and has many noble qualities shown in battle. He defeats the traitors, the Norwegians, which helps restore the order of Scotland. He is recognized as a brave and loyal leader. In the military camp, the captain tells King Duncan about Macbeth’s victorious conquest. The captain reports, “For brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name- / Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel, / Which smoked with bloody execution, / Like valor’s minion carved out his passage” (1.2.16-19).…

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