Macbeth: Macbeth The Tragic Hero Essay

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Macbeth: Macbeth The Tragic Hero

Macbeth: Macbeth The Tragic Hero


The most recent meaning of the word Tragic Hero as defined by Microsoft
Works dictionary is "A hero of noble stature whose fortunes are reversed as a
result of weakness." Many characters in the play were affected by tragedy for
a number of reasons, but without argue, Macbeth and his reverse of fortunes are
due to his own actions, and the rest of the cast were merely victims of this.
Macbeth's action's lead to his very nemises. From the beginning of the play this
tragedy of his was manifested through forces beyond human; the supernatural if
you will. These forces were that of the witches. The next factor in determining
his fate was his own decision's and action's. Lady Macbeth is the second reason
for Macbeth's tragedy; without her support in aiding his decision, Macbeth would
have never had the strength to lie, scheme, and destroy to such extremes. The
last, and most devastating to Macbeth, was his cripled conscious which made him
act out of selfeshness and lust. The sequence of these factors were most
defenitely provoked by the evilness and twisted nature of the witches, for if it
weren't for their influence, then Macbeth would have never turned his desires
into reality.
At the very beginning of the play Macbeth is nothing but a general
fighting for his country. His fellow fighter's admire Macbeth, for in their
eyes, and even in the eyes of the highest of authority, his nobility and
couragousness is looked up to. His success for his acheivement is rewarded, and
his confidence is made stronger because of this. But this is only the beginning,
and soon these good fortunes will come to a tragic end. The audience is then
introduced to a group of witches. Three witches who appear as wicked and
repulsive. They seem to signify all that is wrong and corrupt. Macbeth's over-
confident attitude is the first characteristic the witches detect, and they take
advantage of this trait to make his life as miserable as they possibly can. He
encounters the witches in Act1, scene1, and from this point he is now a step
closer to realising what his future holds... so he thinks. The witches first
address Macbeth as king, and Banguo as one "Lesser than Macbeth."(1.2.65) Infact,
Macbeth isn't king, never the less, the witches insist in prophecising that he
is and will be. The witches are already planting seeds of persuation into his
head which are made to bloom into tragedy. These destructive and manipulative
forces the witches have power over alter his viewpoints about his values and
morals beyond the point of no return. Already, it is a tragedy in itself that
Macbeth's invulnarability lead him to believing such evilness.
Macbeth may have listened and considered what may be true about the
witch's prophecie's, but he should be credited with the fact that he did have
doubt. It is true that Macbeth thought about what he had to do in order to ever
become king, and he could never imagined himself going as far as killing king
Duncan: "Why, if fate will have me king, fate may crown me."(1.7.14) In other
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