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 …show more content…
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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In Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of Macbeth the main character Macbeth is driven from his status as a well respected warrior and lord of not one, but two Scottish regions to a dishonest, unloyal murderer. Macbeth gets caught in a web of lies and vile acts of murder in which he brings about his own demise. His criminal actions lead up to his tragic ending of life. ‘ They have tied me to a stake; I cannot fly, But bearlike I must fight the course.’ His great ambition and gullibility of the witches predictions are two of the biggest factors of his downfall;however, Lady Macbeth was probably the biggest influence in the whole tragedy.
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Today was the day I so patiently had been waiting for, coronation day! As a commoner it was almost unheard of to be able to visit the castle amongst the royals. I walked up to the tall door and entered the grand dining hall. The dining hall was dark and cold sending a shiver up my spine. The sound of laughter and conversation bounced off the walls overpowering the room. That was when I saw him, Macbeth, our future King, accompanied by his wife. Macbeth looked even taller and wiser in person, he was the type of man anyone would want as their king. At least that was what I had thought.
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