Macbeth as a Shakespearean Tragic Hero Essay example

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Macbeth as a Shakespearean Tragic Hero

In this essay I will explore the theory made by A.C Bradley, that each of Shakespeare's man characters, are tragic heroes. This is that at the start of play, the character is usually somebody of high status; for example, Macbeth is the Thane of Glamis and he has a very high reputation for being a hero in war. Then as in A.C Bradley's theory, his character starts to flaw and eventually at the end of the play he dies. I will compare this essay to that theory and see whether the theory is correct.

At the start of the play, Macbeth is portrayed as a Scottish hero. He is well respected and has a great reputation, as he is according to the Captain, very brave
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To do this, he must find a way to dispose of King Duncan. From this point on, his character begins to flaw, and mentally Macbeth starts to deteriorate, battling with his conscience and eventually hallucinating.

After informing Lady Macbeth of the prediction, she devises a plan of how she wants to murder Duncan. He is then torn, and battles with his conscience. Macbeth knows that there are reasons not to murder Duncan, including not wanting to ruin his reputation, or not risking being caught because then he will be killed for murder. He also doesn't want to murder Duncan because of the relationship he has with him.

"We will proceed no further in this business". This indicates to me that although he has thought about it, he has wrestled with his conscience, but wants to enjoy his promotion. However, to manipulate Macbeth, Lady Macbeth uses horrific images to try and get him to change his mind,

"Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums, and dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you have done this." She says this, yet nowhere has he promised her anything.

Macbeth is then concerned about whether if he goes through with the murder if he will be discovered and if Lady Macbeth and him would get the blame. He is more worried about that, than the fact that it is morally wrong however, he gives in to Lady Macbeth's pressure and

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