Essay about Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play

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Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play The first time we hear about Macbeth he is presented as a hero - 'brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name.' Before meeting the character we are told what other people think of him. This builds expectations. The audience would expect Macbeth to be the brave, heroic type, and would want to meet him.

However, when we do meet Macbeth this original opinion begins to falter. The very first line he says is 'So foul and fair a day I have not seen.' This instantly
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His understanding of the difference between right and wrong also leaves the audience to decide whether he will give in to his wife and commit the murderous deed.

Shakespeare has used language to show all aspects of Macbeth's actions and personality. Even before Macbeth has appeared the sergeant tells of how Macbeth 'unseam'd' the rebel, Macdonwald 'from the nave to the chaps.' This line gives a clearer image of what happened than any onstage acting ever could.

Shakespeare also uses language to show the contrast in what Macbeth says to the other characters, and what he is really thinking. For example when Duncan reveals the heir to the throne is Malcolm, as opposed to Macbeth, what Macbeth says in response to the king is perfectly amiable -'and make joyful,' however, when he speaks his thoughts aside his words become mono-syllabic, giving the impression of an angry tone. This creates interest as the audience could now be waiting to see what Macbeth does about the sudden hindrance to his foretold success. His speech also rhymes in some places, for example 'fires' and 'desires.' This once again connects him to the witches

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