Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play

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Macbeth as a Tragic Hero in William Shakespeare's Play

The play ‘Macbeth’ gives us many opportunities to consider the reasons

for Macbeth’s actions. In this essay I will be considering the factors

that have made Macbeth behave in such a way that he goes as far as

killing his King, his companions, his companions’ families and drove

his wife Lady MacBeth to commit suicide. I will also be talking about

the techniques that Shakespeare has used to write this play.

Shakespeare uses lots of similes, which is a technique that gives the

audience a direct access to the characters inner thought as the other

characters cannot hear him. Macbeth has three main soliloquies in the

play, which are all related to someone being murdered. Shakespeare

also uses dramatic irony which is when the audience knows something

that the characters don’t know, an example of this is in act 1 scene

4, when Duncan says “there’s no art to find the mind’s construction in

the face: He was a gentlemen on whom I built an absolute trust”. This

is said when Duncan passes on the position of Thane of Cawdor to

Macbeth as he has faith in him and says that you can never trust a

person by the way someone looks or the expressions on their faces,

this is when the prophecies have already been made and Macbeth has

already thought of the King being murdered. Also he uses the technique

of making people who talk in rhyme to be unnatural beings like the

witches and the royal family. He uses soliloquies so that the audience

may know what a character is thinking and what is about to happen,

which often leads on to dramatic irony. He also uses lots of imagery

and metaphors in his play to d...

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... such a way and that there were factors along the way that made his

life like as it is. But he had the option of believing in the

prophecies or not believing in them and he could have left fate to

take its own place at its own time. If the witches hadn’t told him the

prophecies, then Macbeth wouldn’t have turned out like that because he

wouldn’t have been so ambitious of becoming king as he wouldn’t have

known that it was going to happen. So I believe that the witches were

the main factors that influenced the way he behaved. Macbeth follows

Aristotle’s concept of a tragic hero of a man that decrease

deteriorates from a wealthy loyal ma to an evil person that dies at

the hands of a fellow soldier. We may feel sorry for him at the end as

Macbeth realises what he has done. In conclusion, I agree with this

statement.
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