Macbeth – Tragic Hero
Macbeth was a true Shakespearean tragic hero. He had many noble qualities as well as several tragic flaws. He was a courageous, brave and good nobleman who was haunted by superstition, moral cowardice and an overwhelming ambition. He is a brave warrior, hailed as a hero and treats his wife like an equal. He is a nobleman who is aware of the natural order and his role within that natural order. Lady Macbeths influence and manipulation of Macbeth’s judgment, and Macbeth’s long time ambition to be king are the main factors which developed the character of Macbeth into becoming a tragic hero. Although he was so far courageous and brave and he is seen as the hero at the beginning of the play, his sky high ambition causes his damnation.
Macbeth was a courageous and strong nobleman. He and Banquo were leaders of King Duncan's army. His personal power and strength as a general led to his success on the battlefield. The captain describes Macbeth as brave in battle: "But all's too weak:/For brave Macbeth -- well he deserved that name” It becomes apparent that there is an air of sympathy towards the character of Macbeth from this early stage in the play as we see a noble fighter defending his king. It is apparent that Macbeth is a hero who fights to defend his country and king on the battlefield. Lady Macbeth convinced her husband to murder Duncan by putting his manhood and courage at stake, "When you durst do it, then you were a man;/And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man" . As Macbeth started degrading he lost some bravery "That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies". In his fight with Macduff, some of his old courage and strength returned.
Macbeth could be brave when it came to action but in normal life off the battlefield he would have to be urged into action by his wife or by the sense of security that he obtained from the prophecies of the supernatural. He changed his mind five times before murdering Duncan....
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