Macbeth - a Tragic Hero

2214 WordsOct 8, 19999 Pages
William Shakespeare's play Macbeth, written in the 1600's is a perfect example of Shakespeare's ability to manipulate his audience through creating a tragic hero. A tragic hero who, because of a flaw, tumbles from a well-respected hero to a cowardless murderer. It is through Shakespeare's manipulation of figurative language, dramatic conventions and social expectations of the seventeenth century, do the audience witness the demise of this mixed up man. Macbeth's persona of the tragic hero is enhanced even more when the characters around him influence his decisions, creating mayhem inside his mind and disorder throughout Scotland. Shakespeare positions his audience to respond to the central theme: the struggle between good and evil, by…show more content…
Through Lady Macbeth's death, the audience is encouraged to experience the psychological emptiness involved in committing murder and how she manipulated Macbeth to achieve his deadly desires. It was due to her, that Macbeth was driven to perform all those murders, however his realisation of his doings was encouraged by Banquo; his best friend whom he murdered for knowing too much. <br> <br>Shakespeare allows Banquo's death in Macbeth, because he is endorsing a value of truth and honesty. Banquo knew of Macbeth's murder of Duncan, but kept it quiet, possibly because he was Macbeth's best friend, or he was simply waiting for the right time to tell all. For his hesitation, he paid with his life. Banquo's manifestation in front of Macbeth's eyes in the banquet scene initiates the downfall of the tragic hero. The audience is aware that the illusion of Banquo's ghost is symbolic of Macbeth's instability and disorder within his mind and character and they absorb his need for stability. Due to Banquo's ghost - a vision of evil, we see Macbeth enter a downwards spiral of self-destruction and madness: <br>can such things be?…you make me strange even <br>to the disposition that I owe (III.IV.111-114) <br> <br>which inevitably leads to his tragic death, due to his non-conformity to society's accepted values and attitudes. Banquo's ghost is seen as a manifestation of Macbeth's guilt for murdering his best

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