William Shakespeare 's Macbeth As A Tragic Hero Essays
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