The Tragic Hero Of Shakespeare 's Macbeth Essay

1043 Words May 24th, 2016 5 Pages
Macbeth by William Shakespeare is credited to be one of the greatest plays ever written. The play deserves such high praise because of its near perfect fit to the standards of Shakespearian tragedy. The play exhibits multiple characters of a tragedy, however the most obvious, and arguably most significant include the use of a tragic hero, hamartia, and catharsis.
Undoubtedly, the most vital part of a Shakespearean tragedy is that the play contains a tragic hero. Previously, in Aristotelian Tragedy, the tragic hero must be a noble man of higher social standing. However in Shakespearean tragedy, there is more emphasis that the tragic hero is a man of high social standing that has an impact on society. The man must also be noble, although high social standing is above all the most important. This causes the tragic hero to have a greater effect on the nation when he reaches his demise. The tragic hero must also be above the rest of society, but not so superior that the audience can no longer relate to him. In Macbeth, the tragic hero Macbeth achieves 3 separate titles of high political standing. Macbeth starts the play off with the tittle, Thane of Glamis. Thane is comparable to the modern world duke, simply meaning ruler of the land, in this case, ruler of Glamis. Furthermore, Macbeth gains nobility by conquering the Norwegian forces, which were assisted by the traitorous original Thane of Cawdor. The former Thane is then executed. The King of Scotland recognizes Macbeth’s…

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