Macbeth: Macbeth A Tragic Hero Essay

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Macbeth: Macbeth A Tragic Hero

Macbeth: Macbeth A Tragic Hero


In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, we discover that Macbeth is
a tragic hero. Macbeth is very ambitious, courageous, and a moral coward: all
these things lead to his tragic death at the end of the play.
At the beginning of the play, Shakespeare defines Macbeth as a hero very
clearly. From the courages in defense of Scotland is significant in the
opening scene. However, he is very ambitious to be king. At the beginning of
the play, he was loyal to the king. While he did imagine of murder his mind
rejects it and said, "Why, if fate will have me king, why, chance may crown me,"
- Act I, Sc 3, p.44-45.
Yet increasingly his ambition defeated his good nature. When Duncan
named Malcolm the Prince of Cumberland, Macbeth decided on the murder of Duncan.
When Duncan arrived at Inverness, Macbeth controled his ambition for the time
being and did not kill Duncan. The failing of his decision was soon reflected
by Lady Macbeth who called him a coward. From then on, after the murder of
Duncan, Macbeth entered into a life of evil.
Since he overcomed his good nature, he no longer needed to be with his
friend Banquo. He wanted to protect his ambition, by killing the king, and now
he killed Banquo, due to the prediction of what the witches said about Banquo's
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