Sad, Bad, or Mad? Do You Consider Macbeth to Be a Tragic Hero, Evil, or Bewitched?

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A tragic hero is someone who must begin noble and good, but is imperfect, so that the audience can see themselves in him. They are doomed from the start. In Macbeth’s case the witches are first on stage, and are planning to meet with Macbeth in the very beginning. FIRST WITCH When shall we meet again? … THIRD WITCH There to meet with Macbeth. This shows that the witches are already plotting Macbeth’s fate. A tragic hero must make a wrong decision himself or has a character flaw (ambitious, greedy…) which leads them down a path of bad events because of that one choice. They must realise what they have done, so this makes the audience feel sorry for the hero. The audience also feels fear because they know that the choice they made…show more content…
Macbeth is really thinking about whether he should do it or not. He seems fully aware that it will fire back on him. Macbeth’s moral state is good here, he is realising how serious it really is. Another of Macbeth’s reasons not to do it: ‘…he’s here in double trust: First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,’ This shows that Macbeth does have a lot of respect for the king and knows that it is his duty to look after the guest. It is evidence against the argument that he is evil. Macbeth thinks that Duncan has been a good king: ‘So clear in his great office…’ He has many reasons why he shouldn’t kill Duncan, and he seems almost positive that he isn’t going to go through with it. Even the audience starts to have respect for Macbeth compared to in act 1 scene 4, when Macbeth is deceiving Duncan about the true nature of his friendship, our emotional response to him is one of intense dislike. ‘The service and the loyalty I owe, in doing it, pays itself.’ Macbeth exaggerates his respect for Duncan. You could say that he resembles a tragic hero because he knows how terrible the deed is and is deciding for himself. But then Lady Macbeth seems to be able to change his mind with her harsh and exaggerated words: ‘And live a coward in thine own esteem,’ One of Lady Macbeth’s main tactics of

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