William Shakespeare 's Macbeth As A Tragic Hero Essays

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Throughout Shakespeare 's Scottish play, the main character Macbeth is portrayed

as both a hero and an enemy. Through a series of conflicts and situations, Macbeth 's

image is changed from a hero to an enemy and due to his downfall he is established as a

tragic hero. Pathos is created for Macbeth as he is faced with these conflicts,

consequently in the end Macbeth is looked upon as a tragic hero.

First of all, in order to say that someone is a tragic hero, you must know what a

tragic hero is. A tragic hero is a person (or character in this case) that is an essentially

good person of noble birth who is led to their downfall or death by a flaw in their

character, an error in their judgement, pressures from external circumstances, and/or an

intervention of the natural and supernatural. In the play, "Macbeth" all of these criteria

are met, which leads the reader to associate Macbeth as a tragic hero.

In the beginning of the play Shakespeare describes Macbeth as a hero as he wins

the battle for his nation and is very loyal to his king, however he has a great ambition to

be king. Macbeth imagines himself murdering his king but rejects the thought and thinks

to himself how ridiculous it is as he says,

"...and to be King / Stands not within the prospect of belief...(1.3. 78-79)."

Macbeth 's good nature was soon defeated by his ambition as king Duncan gave his

son Malcolm the title of, the Prince of Cumberland. When the king came to visit

Macbeth, Macbeth…

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