Shakespeare's Macbeth Meets the Definition of a Tragic Hero Essay

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Macbeth Meets the Definition of a Tragic Hero

William Shakespeare's tragic play 'Macbeth' contains images of suffering and details the consequences of one's action. The story, set within medieval Scotland, follows the actions of a man destined for greatness. Macbeth is known to be noble, yet he falters and ultimately falls prey to his conscience. As a result, Macbeth is the tragic hero of this play because he makes a fatal mistake, he endures great suffering, and he possesses a destructive hamartia.

As aforementioned Macbeth's first characteristic of the tragic hero is that he makes a fatal mistake. Macbeth's fatal mistake is that he listens to others too much and he is particularly credulous as to what they say.
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Macbeth does not want to kill him because he knows that it is not the moral thing to do. He is swayed to do so though by Lady Macbeth saying such things as, "But screw your courage to the sticking place, we'll not fail"(Mac.1.7.60-62). Even after Macbeth has decided that he must kill Duncan, Lady Macbeth tells him things like, " Look like th' innocent flower, But be the Serpent under't"(Mac.1.5.76-78) in order to keep his mind focused on the objective at hand. Macbeth also becomes naive after an apparition tells him that his murderer will not be "...Born of women"(Mac.4.1.90-93)". Nearing to the end of the play, Macbeth is not scared of Macduff because he thinks that Macduff is born of women. When really Macduff was taken out of his mother by surgery and is therefore not technically born of women. In the end, Macduff kills Macbeth after Macduff surprises Macbeth by telling him that he was not actually born of women. If Macbeth had not listened to everything he was told, he would not have found himself in the mess that he eventually was burdened with.

Aside from making a fatal mistake, Macbeth also endures great suffering like a traditional tragic hero. After Macbeth kills Duncan, he starts to feel guilt and sorrow for him self. Even before Macbeth kills Duncan he begins to see things that are not really there. While Macbeth is walking

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