Macbeth: Describe Macbeth as a Tragic Hero

1367 WordsNov 18, 20016 Pages
MACBETH AS A TRAGIC HERO Tragic heroes are within everyone, but cannot be fully exposed or understood without the essential tragic qualities. One must be a potentially noble character who endures heroic qualities and has respect and admiration from the society. Consequently, they must be essentially great. Also within the character must be a flaw or weakness that leads to a fall. Lastly, one is required to possess an element of suffering and redemption. Remorse and regret is a necessity for ones wrong doings or deeds. One's pays for their wrong doings because of failure to find happiness and regrets for actions taken. Therefore they die heroically. In the play "Macbeth" this quality of a tragic hero is portrayed though the character…show more content…
7) It is the unpleasant deed of Duncan's murder that stirs his mind. After his job of committing the deed he shows immediate regret and remorse for what he had done. Nevertheless, his fall is far from complete, it continues. His ambition "takes reason prinsoner". Macbeth's fall continues gradually when he soon grasps the idea that he had not earned his yearning of the crown. "We have scorched the snake, not killed it." (Act 3, Sc.2) There was still a great problem. It was Banquo who would reieve hier to the throne before Macbeth. It was essiential, according to the witches, that he immediately kill Banquo and his descendants. At that demand, the deed was done. However, his attempted murder of Fleance, Banquo's son, was not achieved. Consequently, a transition begins in Macbeth. He is acknowledged as a "hell-hound", "butches", "tyrant" and a hell kite" (Act 3). These were great turning point for Macbeth. For it is now his evil side that he obeys. He simply resolves his remorse by acting on his initial impulses. "The very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand." (Act 4, Sc.1) Therefore, Macbeth's habits became so terrible that he finally reaches his lowest ebb, the murders of the Macduffs. For he had no reason for their murders, it was simply an impulse that he immediately acted upon. He then caused Scotland suffering, famine, death and disease. This was so because of his absence of the king becoming graces. Macbeth
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