Tragic Hero Macbeth

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Tragic Hero Macbeth

1. In the Shakespearean tragedy, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, Macbeth himself did not come from noble stature, but instead he followed into the line of kingship, and had presented himself with outstanding qualities; such as strong abilities out on the battlefield. 2. The hamartia presented in Macbeth resulted in Macbeth’s own murder against his good king Duncan, in order to gain power, fame, and fortune for his own pleasure. Macbeth himself had a hubris or pride and passion that he allowed to take over his decisions, leading to his tragic downfall. 3. Macbeth’s downfall itself was led by his own freewill, overridden by his own arrogant confidence. Proof he had taken done this to himself is said so by Macbeth, “I am in blood stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as to go o’er.” (Act III, Scene 4, Line 136-138).

4. As the audience, pity was expressed dearly through Macbeth’s possible and yet great human potential, “I have lived long enough…and that which should accompany old age, as honor, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have.” (Act V, Scene 3, Line 22-26). 5. The first signs of awareness are when Macbeth puts together the real predictions granted to him by the three apparitions, “Let every soldier hew him down a bough and bear it before him.” (Act V, Scene 4, Line 4-7). He is then lead to accepting his fate or anagnorisis, right before Macbeth is slain by Macduff, “I will not yield, to kiss the ground before young Malcolm’s feet…I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macduff.” (Act V, Scene 8, Line 27-24). Part Two:

By using Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero, I would conclude that Macbeth is indeed a tragic hero. Macbeth’s tragic flaw mostly described as his passion, where he would contemplate over and over with his very own reasoning, in which passion overrules all of his humanly common senses; this causes an imbalance between human reason and passion thus leading to tragic consequences or rather the hero’s tragic death.


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