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Macbeth: A Tragic Hero

The character I chose is Macbeth. Macbeth is a very interesting character. The list of adjectives to describe him could go on forever, but I’ve selected the vital few. He displayed the following traits: ambitious, deceitful, submissive, relentless, and sadistic.

When Macbeth told his wife what the witches had predicted she instantly knew what had to be done. Macbeth didn’t want to kill the King, but once his wife questioned his manhood and manipulated his judgment, he agreed. Any other person would have put her crazy ideas to rest but that’s part of Macbeth’s character. He is submissive, especially when it comes to Lady Macbeth.

After the King was dead Macbeth seemed to instantaneously transform into a blood-hungry successor. He successfully deceived the entire nation about the King’s death, and in Act III he went on to manipulate the two murderers. He’s so stealthy in deceit that he fabricated a lie that made two grown men believe that Banquo- a man they didn’t know personally- was somehow responsible for their poverty and life hardships. What makes Macbeth sadistic and relentless is the fact that he can single-handedly kill and order a person’s death without hesitation. First, he ordered Banquo and Fleance’s deaths, which proved half-successful because Fleance escaped. Then, he orders the massacre of Macduff’s castle, including his wife and kids. These crimes are absolutely heinous. It’s as though he has no concern for the value of human life, especially when an individual threatens his position in power.

In conclusion Macbeth is the epitome of a tragic hero. He was a hero at the start of the play because he was able to defeat the rebels in a battle, which lead him to be named the “Thane of Cawdor.” However, it was his ambitious desires and further manipulation by his wife and the 3 witches that lead to his downfall.
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