Macbeth's Portrayal as a Tragic Hero and an Evil Tyrant Essay

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Macbeth's Portrayal as a Tragic Hero and an Evil Tyrant

Throughout Shakespeare's 'Macbeth,' the main character, Macbeth, is conveyed both as a tragic hero and as an evil tyrant. He is a tragic hero, as he falls from grace after being at the top, and suffers with dignity when all have deserted him, especially when the English armies are on the brink of attacking him and he refuses to submit, as he dies fighting or his beliefs.

Initially, in the first few scenes, Macbeth is seen as a hero, fighting for king and country, but soon he meets the evil witches who change him for the worse. The captain tells us of his bravery when he says, 'NEED THE MACBETH BOOK

When Shakespeare came to write
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This was probably included as it mirrored a situation King James was in him. Everard Digby, one of the conspirators who tried to have James killed in the Gunpowder plot, was a favourite of the King, just as the Thane of Cawdor was.

At the time it was also believed that Banquo was an ancestor of the King. Therefore, in order to please the King, Shakespeare did not illustrate Banquo as an accomplice to the murder of Duncan, but placed full responsibility on Macbeth.

When the audience first meets Macbeth in Act 1, Scene 2, they see Macbeth being praised by his fellow colleagues and soldiers. In lines 16 to 18, the Captain says, 'For brave Macbeth -well he deserves that name--,' and King Duncan says, 'O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman.' This shows that Macbeth is a hero and a brave and courageous soldier.

When Macbeth returns from the battles with the Norwegians, everybody praises him for his huge contributions to the victories. His ego seems to grow and grow when he hears this, and he begins to thrive on all the attention he is receiving. This seems to be the beginning of the end for him, especially when he meets the three weird sisters. The witches chant, '…hail to thee, Thane of Glamis/ …hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor/ …that shalt be king hereafter.' Macbeth seems to be both confused and fascinated by this

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