Austin White Mrs. Morgan ENG 3U1 05 November 2017 Macbeth Essay Tragic heroes often have distinct qualities to them which makes them different compared to the other characters. Often times, the tragic hero has an abundance of ambition to acquire a certain goal. This leads to the tragic hero to obtain guilt,, as they have trouble accepting what they have done, or the person they have turned into because of their ambition. Lastly, pity and fear is felt by the audience, often during the downfall of the tragic hero. William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth displays a tragic hero perfectly.
Shakespeare first displays this idea in Act 2 where Macbeth states, “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas incarnadine, Making the green one red.” (II II 61-64) Macbeth figuratively states that his hands are so bloody, even the entire ocean could not cleanse them. Rather, they would make the ocean red. Macbeth’s speech takes place after Duncan’s murder. The quote is important as it shows Macbeth’s guilt over the murder, and how it haunts him.
The Metamorphosis of Macbeth Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth demonstrates what can happen when one pursues power at the expense of everything else. The main character, Macbeth begins the play as a strong character that is greatly admired, however as the play progresses, Macbeth's personality and actions become more and more deceitful. Macbeth’s deceit eventually leads to his destruction. Following the murder of Duncan, Macbeth realizes that the murder has put him into the control of demon forces which are the enemy of mankind. Macbeth recognizes that the conscious acts which torture him essentially reduce him to a human individual.
True courage is rarely found, while many strive for it, it is scarcely achieved. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare there are multiple acts of true bravery, which occur because of the desire to set past wrongs right. However, there are also many acts of cowardice because Macbeth and Lady Macbeth become greedy and commit many horrific crimes. It is these yearnings that set this tragic play in motion, and destroys any relationships that stand in the way of gaining it. The inevitable demise of Macbeth was set in motion by Lady Macbeth’s greed for power, but by Macbeth becoming King and gaining all this power his morals suffered greatly, and he became fearful and paranoid of anyone that was a possible threat to his throne.
Macbeth’s suffering shows how uncomfortable he feels after initiating such an atrocious decision just to look manly and to fulfill his ambitions. Macbeth will agonize in great pain originating from the feeling of guilt. The murder that starts with his ambition to become a King ruins Macbeth’s life leading him to the darkness of guilt. In Act 2, scene 4, Macbeth reveals his deep and hidden desires: “Stars, hide your ... ... middle of paper ... ...degree murder for violating the state law #13-1105. He has been found guilty for committing the crime of King Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff’s family.
Macbeth succumbs to evil through his own imperfection, greed, which in turn causes him to upset the predetermined chain of being. “Shakespeare shows, with Macbeth as an example, that any man can turn evil due to the temptations led on by many things. His temptations of evil are led on by the witches prophecies, and by being manipulated by what others say” (Rosner). When Macbeth willingly murders, lies and deceives for his own personal betterment, he loses his self and his sanity. The parasitic nature of evil cause it to influence all objects that lay in its’ path, and Macbeth agrees to become evil's disciple.
It is continually building up until the end, when all the evil is unleashed upon the world. This song connects to the play because when Macbeth hears about the witches’ prophecies, something evil is born in him. He starts thinking about killing King Duncan and having horrid images of him doing it. His thoughts when he heard the prophecies were: “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion/Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair/And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,/Against the use of nature? Present fears/Are less than horrible imaginings./My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,/Shakes so my single state of man” (act 1, scene 3, lines 138-143).
Macbeth Although it may seem that Macbeth is emotionally stable throughout the beginning of the play, Shakespeare makes Macbeth go through situations that confuse him and make him angry. Being influenced by Lady Macbeth and the witches, as a result he viciously and cruelly murders Duncan, who was an innocent man. Following that, Macbeth orders murder’s to kill Banquo who was another innocent man. They both were loyal men, loyal to Scotland and loyal to Macbeth. But, because of that Macbeth faces confusion, regret, and never ending torment.
William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, first published in 1606, is an endearing tale outlining the dangers of unchecked ambition and moral betrayal. In the subsequent centuries after first being performed, Macbeths critics have been divided upon whether Macbeth himself was irrevocably evil, or if he was guided by the manipulation and actions of the women in the play to his ultimate demise. Although Lady Macbeth and the witches were influential with their provocations in the opening acts, it is ultimately Macbeth’s inherent immorality and his vaulting ambition, that result in the tragic downfall. It was Macbeth’s desire for power that abolished his loyalty and trustworthiness and led him down a path of murder. It is evident through his actions and words
This advice causes him to become scared and makes him feel as if he needs to kill more people to protect himself. This false sense of fate and power on his part is a major factor in his downfall. So, the witches influence Macbeth by causing his ascension, his madness, and his demise. They cannot thus compel his will to evil; but they do arouse his passions and stir up a vehement and inordinate apprehension of the imagination, which so perverts the judgment of reason that it leads his will toward choosing means to the desired temporal good.)