macbeth as a tragic hero Essay

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     A Shakespearean tragic hero starts out as a noble person; a great exceptional being who stands out. A tragic hero has a tragic flaw of an exaggerated trait that leads to their downfall and eventually to death. William Shakespeare often made his main characters tragic heroes in his plays. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the role of the tragic hero is given to the main character: Macbeth. This is because he starts off as a loyal and well liked man in the beginning, but has a tragic flaw of ambition which ultimately leads to his downfall.
     Macbeth started off a great and noble man of Scotland and was honoured by the king and his people. He was thought of as a great man and brave among the
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She knows he needs motivation. Macbeth’s ambition was so great that he often thought of killing the king to become the king. He recalls a moment when he thought of killing Duncan after the encounter with the three witches.
“This supernatural soliciting
Cannot be ill; cannot be good; if ill,
Why hath it given me earnest success,
Commencing in a truth? I am thane of Cawdor:
If good, why do I yield to that suggestion
Whose image doth unfix my hair?”(I, iii, 140-145)

This reveals that Macbeth’s character has a bit more evil in him than we are let on to believe. He also realizes that his ambition is making him get carried away and it is all happening rapidly. “…To prick the sides of my intent/ but only/ vaulting ambition, which develops itself/ and falls on the other.”(I, vii, 26-28) He knows things are going too fast and he wants to procrastinate from the deed a little longer. Macbeth’s tragic flaw of ambition ultimately leads him to his downfall.
     Macbeth’s downfall begins when his ambition takes over his conscience and leads him to kill King Duncan. He gets tangled up in a web of death and lies. Once Duncan is murdered, it only leads to more ruthless crimes committed by Macbeth against his loved ones. He feels the need to kill off Banquo and his son because they know too much and are a possible threat to his regime.

“To be thus is nothing;
But to be safely thus: our fears in Banquo

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