Macbeth's Tragic Hero

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Macbeth is a perfect example of Aristotle’s tragic hero. His flaws such as greed, violence, lust for power, and paranoia are ultimately what leads to our hero’s downfall. He starts out as a respected honorable warrior who lets himself become corrupted. The dramatic changes in Macbeth’s can be seen by the readers during his rise to power. As the play starts off, the reader learns about Macbeth from another soldier. The captain tells the King how fierce and brave Macbeth fought in battle. We learn that our protagonist can be quite violent, once we hear that he put his enemy’s head on a pike. King Duncan shows how impressed with the actions of Macbeth and says, “O valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman!” This lets the reader know that either the king is very close to Macbeth, or they are blood relatives. Up to this point in the play Macbeth is considered a hero, but that will all start to change once Macbeth stumbles upon a few conniving witches. When Macbeth is introduced to the witches, the three tell him that he will become Thane of Cawdor, and then become king. Upon hearing this, Macbeth isn’t convinced that it is true. Shortly afterwards Ross arrives to tell Macbeth that he has just been anointed the Thane of Cawdor. This confirms the prophecy that the witches gave Macbeth, and now he…show more content…
It is clear that Macbeth has not been a good ruler and there are many who oppose him. The reader feels as if the tides will turn upon Macbeth, but at this point Macbeth feels that he is unstoppable. The prophecies Macbeth was told by the witches insured him that he wouldn’t be slain. “Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn The power of man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth.” Macbeth (4.1.81-83) and “Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill Shall come against him.” Macbeth (4.1.96-98) Macbeth felt as if he has a pretty good chance of survival with information like
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