The celebrated play, “Macbeth” written by William Shakespeare, chronicles the events of the protagonist by the same name. His rise, his transformation, and ultimately his demise. Although some may argue Macbeth is a monster due to his actions, it is his human nature that triggers his grievous destiny. A classical hero is an individual who is of noble stature, who has a tragic flaw that can lead to many things including Hamartia, Peripeteia and pathos. Macbeth represents the classical definition of the term, “tragic hero.” His tragic flaw leads to a reversal of fortune, despite his treacherous behaviour, the audience exudes sympathy for Macbeth and, his tragic flaw (his ambition) pilots his downfall.
His flaw of being led too easily is evident through the actions of characters who influence Macbeth. Macbeth is involved in a story intertwined with evil, disorder, conflict and failure; all resulting finally in his death. Part of being a tragic hero is possessing a flaw. A flaw which will inevitably lead to self-destruction; the fall of the tragic hero. In the play, the central protagonist Macbeth, is confronted with the supernatural and the prophesy of becoming king.
In the William Shakespeare play, Macbeth, we see a noble man name, Macbeth, at the highest of his game. Macbeth is described as many honorable titles, until the middle of the Act we see his true flaws, and becomes a tragic hero. His ambitious get the best of him, and everything that he is known comes falling down slowly. In Act 1, the readers see how Macbeth becomes a man of titles, to the three witches pursuing him to control his future, and his own wife, Lady Macbeth, manipulating Macbeth to pursue his own future, like the three witched told him. All of the evidence will prove that Macbeth is a tragic hero.
As a result, Macbeth’s tragic flaw of ambition led him to become a tragic hero. First of all, Macbeth started to become a tragic hero when many of his decisions allowed him to act upon his ambition in a negative way. For instance, Macbeth encouraged his ambition
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the title figure of the play can be seen as the Tragic Hero. There are many factors which contribute to the decline of Macbeth. The three main factors which contribute greatly to Macbeth's degeneration are the prophecies which were told to him by the witches, Lady Macbeth’s influence and ability to manipulate Macbeth's judgment, and finally Macbeth's long time ambition which drove his desire to be king. Macbeth's growing character decays from a noble man to a violent individual. When the play begins, Macbeth’s greatness is already established.
Julius Caesar may have been a noble person, but the people of Rome did not think so. In Julius Caesar, Shakespeare shows the Caesar comes to an unhappy end when he is murdered by the people he loved most. Within this play Julius Caesar is portrayed as a tragic hero. A tragic hero is defined as “the main character of a tragedy [who is] usually dignified, courageous, and high ranking” (Novel Study Guide). Also vital to defining a tragic hero is that, “the hero’s downfall is caused by a tragic flaw” (Novel Study Guide).
A tragic hero should at some point reach the top of Fortune’s Wheel, but land up at the bottom by the end of the tragedy due to the continual change of fate. Macbeth fits the description of being a tragic hero, displaying his strengths, his weaknesses, his tragic flaw, and how influential outside influences are on him. Lady Macbeth is delineated as the villain in Macbeth because of her evil, mischievous, formidable temperament. Lady Macbeth is in a position to simply manipulate her husband whereas Macbeth solely thinks he's doing the heroic factor to become king. Macbeth is a tragic hero who causes suffering by committing murder and distress, exemplifying the negative effects of a bloodthirsty desire for power.
Macbeth conforms to the image of the tragic hero by possessing a flaw and dying because of it. His flaw of being led too easily is evident through the actions of characters who influence Macbeth. Macbeth is involved in a story tangled with evil, disorder, conflict and failure which all resulting finally in his death. These factors of the play let Macbeth to fit all the characteristics of a tragic hero He is an important character in the play, has a character flaw, has good qualities, has someone to tempt him, deserves his fate, and was punished for the multiple crimes which he has committed. To me, Macbeth definitely is the tragic hero of the play
Macbeth as a Shakespearean Tragic Hero In this essay I will be exploring how far Macbeth is considered to be a Shakespearean tragic hero. According to A.C Bradley, the man who defined what a Shakespearean tragic hero is, a typical Shakespearean tragic hero is a person of greatness and high power. We can see at the beginning of the play that Macbeth is the 'Thane of Glamis' but is then promoted, due to the execution of a traitor, to the 'Thane of Cawdor'. A Shakespearean tragic hero also has many character flaws, which lead to their downfall. Macbeth is an extremely ambitious character; he knows what he wants and how to get it, even if that means murdering Duncan to become King.
A tragedy, as described by the Webster’s dictionary is, “A play, movie, etc., that is serious and has a sad ending, such as the death of the main character”. Similarly, tragic heroes are the main characters who make a judgment error that leads to their own destruction. “Macbeth” which is written by the legendary writer, William Shakespeare, is a true example of a “tragedy”. From the beginning of the play, Macbeth is shown as the great general who has gained much respect from his king and people. However, as a description of the tragic hero by Aristotle, “Hero must be noble in nature, but imperfect so that the audience can see themselves in him.” Throughout the play, Macbeth performs extreme actions and paves his own path to his death.