tragic hero in macbeth

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When discussing Tragic Hero’s in William Shakespeare’s plays one of the better examples where it can be seen is in Macbeth. Macbeth himself serves as the tragic hero meeting all of the requirements to be considered that. He most definitely start off the play with a high standing among all of Scotland due to his prominence and gallantry in battle for his country. This eventually puts him in the position to be a powerful thane and ultimately a great king, now that his actions would serve to have a much more significant impact on Scotland. Macbeth certainly had the potential to be a great leader as a thane as well as a king. His potential would be stopped by the ambitious drive towards becoming a king which created a passion within himself to remain the king of Scotland. When tempted by the evil of the three witches Macbeth without doubt seals his fate and leads to his downfall by believing the witch’s prophecy that he will become the king. To further prove that Shakespeare was portraying the character Macbeth as a tragic hero, it can be seen that Macbeth makes his tragic decision to kill Duncan completely out of free will. Towards the end of the play Macbeth actually realizes and acknowledges the incredible amount of terror he has caused. Taking all these factors into account it is clear that William Shakespeare was portraying in his own way that the character Macbeth was perfectly reflects the traits of a tragic hero.
In order to be considered a tragic hero a character must begin with an important standing at the beginning of the play and that is exactly the type of character that Shakespeare created. Macbeth is cousins with the Scottish King, holds the highest rank among nobles by becoming the Thane of Cawdor and Glamis. Macbeth i...

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...ail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! / All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (1.3 49-50). This encounter with the witches is what prompted the progression of bad events throughout the play. Macbeth still had a chance of doing what was right after hearing the witches' prophecies. It was not completely the witch’s fault that tragedy occurred. This is because the three weird sister never comer straight out and tell Macbeth what to do, they only tempt him. Macbeth was responsible for his own actions throughout the play and there were definitely more factors involved than just the witch’s. The three witches are only responsible for the introduction of these ideas and cause Macbeth's to think too far into it, but they cannot be held fully responsible for his decisions throughout the play because Macbeth was never forced to do anything the witch’s said.
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