Macbeth's Portrayal as a Tragic Hero and an Evil Tyrant

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Macbeth's Portrayal as a Tragic Hero and an Evil Tyrant

Throughout Shakespeare's 'Macbeth,' the main character, Macbeth, is

conveyed both as a tragic hero and as an evil tyrant. He is a tragic

hero, as he falls from grace after being at the top, and suffers with

dignity when all have deserted him, especially when the English armies

are on the brink of attacking him and he refuses to submit, as he dies

fighting or his beliefs.

Initially, in the first few scenes, Macbeth is seen as a hero,

fighting for king and country, but soon he meets the evil witches who

change him for the worse. The captain tells us of his bravery when he


When Shakespeare came to write Macbeth, James I had just been crowned

King James I of England and was already James VI of Scotland. The King

had an interest in theatre and overlooked the contents of the play. He

was also fascinated by witchcraft but hi hatred for witches was also

well known. In 1590, it was alleged that a group of witches tried to

kill and it is believed he got his loathing of witches from this. This

is the reason why the witches are portrayed as evil and ugly. At the

time, the audience would have been a very superstitious one compared

to the present day audience. As most believed that witches existed,

they would not have reacted well to them, and probably looked at them

as disgusting creatures.

The theme of regicide was suited to James I's liking. During the

King's reign, the Gunpowder plot by Guy Fawkes had come to light. The

King's escape may have influenced Shakespeare to contain this theme

and show that anyone who tried to murder the King and take his di...

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...wrong way about it.

In conclusion, I believe Macbeth was a tragic hero as he kills

Duncanto please his wife and is pressured by her and the witches to

kill him. Although if he had thought of himself and stood up for

himself, he would not have killed Duncan and none of this would have

happened, so he is also partly to blame for his own downfall. After

killing Duncan, he becomes paranoid and believes everyone is against

him and kills anyone he wants, even if he has no motive. He becomes

afraid of fear itself and lets his guilty conscience take over his

life. The audience feels sorry for Macbeth as all he wants to do is

have a successful life, but chooses the wrong method. He dies fighting

for his beliefs even though they change throughout, and ends the play

like he starts it, being brave, strong and full of confidence.
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