Was Macbeth a Tragic Hero? Essay

1102 Words May 15th, 2013 5 Pages
Jusline Hajar
Mrs. Kadaoui
English 20
May 20 2013
The Epidemic Of a Tragic Hero Macbeth is a very tragic story. Three witches tell Macbeth that he will become the thane of Cawdor, the thane of glams and will also become the king. Macbeth overcomes and fails throughout this story to try and make these prophesies reality. Macbeth goes through many situations and faces many deaths as he thrives to become leader. A hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities. Macbeth had courage throughout the play; he was frightened as to what the fight for leader could of done to him. He achieved many things to a certain extent; he passed and failed at times but never gave up. Although Macbeth
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Macbeth ends up killing Macduffs family while Macduff was away. Through all the pressure and problems that were happening throughout the play, Lady Macbeth commits suicide. After hearing that Macbeth had killed Macduffs family, Macduff and the army head for Macbeths castle and cut down Birnam wood trees to use as cover. After seeing this happen, Macbeth finally realizes what he has done and how all the witches’ prophecies had come true, but he didn’t want to just give up like a coward so he stood up to the fight against Macduff. In the end Macduff who was born by C-section, (which was not considered to be born of a woman) kills Macbeth.

Macbeth is clearly a hero because at the very beginning in Act 1 many characters speak of how heroic Macbeth was and how he performed in battle in defense of his kings land. Macbeth is praised for all his courage in the battle, which raises hope of having the crown. Then again, in act 1 we hear from the king how much he admires and happens to appreciate Macbeth. Macbeth is very ambitious and always wants to succeed. Almost immediately after hearing the witches’ prophecies he races to get the job done and decides that he wants to kill the king right away. Macbeth shows his heroic side when he tries to keep Lady Macbeth innocent of the murder crime he committed. He also shows his heroic side in the end when he knows that all the witches’ prophecies had come true and that he was doomed

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