Throughout the history of literature, there have been many tales of tragic heroes. These heroes

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Throughout the history of literature, there have been many tales of tragic heroes. These heroes include Oedipus from Oedipus Rex, Cassius from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and many others. Many may ask, “What is a tragic hero?” A tragic hero is a person of noble birth with heroic or potentially heroic qualities. This person is fated by the gods or by some supernatural force to doom and destruction or at least to great suffering. But the hero struggles greatly against this fate and this cosmic conflict wins our admiration. In short, a tragic hero is a character of noble beginnings who is doomed and destined for defeat, downfall or suffering. Macbeth is the perfect example of a tragic hero because he embodies all these traits and…show more content…
Throughout this drama, his ambition shows him change in character and introduce a new character who embraced hunger for power, paranoia, greed and violence. The reason why Macbeth is to blame is he made a personal choice to do everything he did. For many other tragic heroes, there is a prophecy stating they will kill someone but for Macbeth the choice was on that he made for himself. Another great contributor to the downfall of Macbeth was his wife, Lady Macbeth. In the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is painted as a caring and loving person with no hint of being a threat. However after reading further, she is depicted as a person to fear – the brain behind the actions. She backed up Macbeth and fueled and influenced his action to the point that she offered to kill King Duncan for him but after she states that she is not capable of killing. Lady Macbeth’s most important role was the schemer for the death and murder of King Duncan. Even if Lady Macbeth decided to withdraw from Macbeth she would have still been cited as an important contributor to Macbeth becoming a tragic hero because she opened the door to his first killing which gave him the ability to kill and in the process transforms him to a person that kills in face of adversity and complications. The prophecies that Macbeth received from the three witches were also another influence that led him to become a tragic hero. Without hearing that he would become the Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and the King

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