The Tragic Hero of Macbeth Essay

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The tragedies of William Shakespeare often include a tragic hero. A tragic hero is one who brings about his own ruin and the ruin of those he loves. The tragic hero is not necessarily evil, he is simply human and has human flaws. Often there is a "fatal flaw" which leads to his downfall. In the play, Macbeth the tragic hero is the lead character, Macbeth. He is tempted by the chance to take the throne and he will do anything to get it. He becomes progressively isolated until in the end he dies alone.

Three factors contributed to the fatal flaws in Macbeth's character. He is prepared to allow his actions to be influenced by superstitious beliefs. The three witches told Macbeth that he would become King and he
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It was, however this ambition that started all the problems. Right at the beginning of Macbeth the witches tell Macbeth their prophecy, he is instantly intrigued. Macbeth is a man who would normally dismiss the "ramblings" of these old women, however as soon as they speak of him becoming the Thane of Cawdor and then King, he gives them his full attention. Before they vanish Macbeth speaks,

Stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more.

By Sanel's death I know I am Thane of Glamis,

But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives,

A prosperous gentleman, and be to be king

Stands not within the prospect of belief

No more than to be Cawdor. Say from whence

You owe this strange intelligence? Or why

Upon this blasted heath you stop our way

With such prophetic greeting? Speak I charge you.

(Act One, Scene Three, Line Seventy)

After this the witches vanish and Macbeth gets the word he is to become the Thane of Cawdor. This pushes Macbeth's imagination into overload, he considers that he may need do nothing to become King.

If Chance will have me king, why, Chance may crown me,

Without my stir.

(Act One, Scene Three, Line One Hundred and Forty Three)

Macbeth returns to the

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