Tragic Hero In William Shakespeare: The Tragedy Of Macbeth

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William Shakespeare (usually referred to as just “Shakespeare”) is undoubtedly the most famous playwright in history. His works are usually required reading in high schools, and college english classes as well. Almost everyone recognizes his name when it’s mentioned and knows at least one quote from one of his works. He is known worldwide for his plays especially, which are so special because of his ability to convey the inner workings of the human mind and emotion. His writings have lasted for centuries, and remain relatable to this day. Much of Shakespeare’s life is a mystery. Many of the “facts” and what we know is just speculation. For example, his exact birth date is unknown. At the time, during the Elizabethan era, keeping such records …show more content…
Macbeth is the perfect tragic hero. His tragic flaw of ambition leads to his downfall— death by vengeance. There is both internal and external conflict, which are more characteristics of a tragedy. He is a great soldier and therefore faces external conflict. His captain details one of Macbeth’s killings with “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 till he faced the slave; which ne’er shook hands nor bade farewell to him till he unseamed him from the nave to the chops and fixed his head upon our battlements.” (Applebee, Arthur and et al). His multiple murders are great examples of external conflict as well. To cover his own tracks, he kills Duncan’s guards violently and his murder count goes up to three. He goes through the motions of regret after committing the first few murders, which is his internal conflict. He also struggles internally when deciding if he should kill Duncan or not. There are also supernatural elements (another characteristic) such as the witches and Banquo’s …show more content…
Hamlet’s tragic flaw is being unable to carry out his father’s revenge. It leads to his death, and the deaths of most of the other characters. Since nothing good happens to anyone in the end, it’s a tragedy. It also has supernatural elements. Hamlet is asked to avenge his father’s death by none other than the ghost of his dead father. Hamlet’s internal conflict is battling with himself over when, where, and how to kill his uncle Claudius. Claudius is Hamlet’s father’s killer. He’s also Hamlet’s uncle, stepfather, and the king. These details cause issues for Hamlet’s revenge. There’s plenty of external conflict too, from sword fights to a fist fight on a

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