Macbeth Tragic Hero Analysis

989 WordsDec 17, 20174 Pages
In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, there is an excellent example of a tragic hero. The main character, Macbeth, has a very long downward spiral throughout the drama, ultimately ending in his death and label of a tragic hero. Macbeth’s character development throughout the tragedy goes from a noble, loyal soldier to the king, all the way to a murdered villain. Macbeth’s character development in the first act is a very sudden downward spiral. At the beginning of act I, Macbeth is loyal and committed to his king. However, once the three Weïrd Sisters appear and prophecy, he succumbs to temptation. In the middle of act I, Macbeth realizes he needs to kill the prince of Cumberland to help ensure his ascent to the throne. Macbeth quietly says to…show more content…
This shows Macbeth’s immediate remorse from killing his beloved king. Macbeth realizes that even though he is fulfilling his destined journey to power, he should have let fate and chance do it for him, foreshadowing his eventual downfall and overall character development. Macbeth’s character development in act III shows more deterioration in his actions and sanity. In scene iv, Macbeth admits that the one person he feared was Banquo, giving us an answer as to his previous crime in scene iii, where Banquo is assassinated by order of Macbeth. The guilt comes charging in during dinner, where a ghost causes Macbeth to have a complete meltdown in scene iv. Macbeth screams with insanity, “But now they rise again with twenty mortal murderers on their crowns and push us from our stools” (III. iv. 96-98). Macbeth realizes that even though he killed Banquo, his sons will still take over as kings and replace him from the table. In this case, the table is his position of power, and Macbeth is terrified of losing his title to Banquo’s sons. Because Macbeth is filled with fear and obsessed with fate, he continues to walk the twisted road of tragedy. Act IV of Macbeth demonstrates further downfall in Macbeth’s character development. Not only has he gone a little insane, he has now become a little superstitious. During his visit with the three sisters, he decides to
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