Macbeth is a Tragic Hero

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Macbeth was a true tragic hero. He had many noble qualities as well as several tragic flaws. He was a courageous, brave and good nobleman who was haunted by superstition, moral cowardice and an overwhelming ambition.(Boyce) Macbeth’s ambition to be king starts off as just a desire and progressively as the play goes on it becomes his tragic flaws. Lady Macbeth convinces her husband to murder king Duncan by putting his manhood and courage at stake. Macbeth is represented as a tolerably good man up to the time when evil opportunity and a bad wife conspired to transform him into a villain. (Clayden) Since Macbeth was known as a genuinely good man, this desire he had to become king led him to take these huge risks in ruining his reputation.…show more content…
People became very suspicious of Macbeth and how he became king. Macbeth literally started to become insane because of the guilt from murdering Duncan. He was living in a constant fear that someone would find out that he murdered Duncan, and that Banquo’s sons or Macduff would take the throne. Now an insane killer, Macbeth had few attributes left, and those left are anything but favorable. (Bloom) Although Macbeth had very strong desires in becoming king, he didn’t get to this point all on his own. Lady Macbeth convinces her husband to murder Duncan by putting his manhood and courage at stake. While Macbeth knew that he was going to have to commit this crime in order to become king it was against everything he stood for. But his tragic flaw of his obsession to become king took over and he dismissed what was right. Lady Macbeth was had an extremely dominating personality, which is significant in influencing Macbeth. Lady Macbeth not only really wanted Macbeth to be king for himself, but she also wanted it for herself too so she could be the wife of the King. As said by Crowther in Act 1 Scene 7, “Will you take the crown you want so badly, or will you live as a coward, always saying “I can’t” after you say “I want to”? You’re like the poor cat in the old story.” Lady Macbeth first influences Macbeth to kill King Duncan by attacking his manhood by

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