Macbeth Tragic Hero Essay

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The Epidemy of a Tragic Hero
In order to be respected by people, one must do the “right thing” regardless the amount of mistakes that have been made. In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, protagonist Macbeth faces decisions that change the course of his life. If no one can be all good or all bad, the question may be raised: why or why not is Macbeth a true tragic hero? Although Macbeth fails to meet some characteristics of a tragic hero, his most important realization of his own tragic flaw is what makes him a hero even though it led to his downfall.

Despite the fact that Macbeth did not come from royal decent, he is still a character of noble stature. At first, Macbeth is a great Scottish general and thane of Glamis. After he wins an important battle three witches tell him that he will become thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland. When Macbeth is given Cawdor by King Duncan, he takes the witches words for truth and conspires against Duncan with his wife.

The thought of more power, caused a spark in Macbeth which leads to his tragic flaws. The prophecies which were told by the witches were one of the factors which contributed to the degeneration of his character. When Macbeth first gains knowledge of his prophecies, his arrogance begins to show. He demands the “imperfect speakers, [to] tell [him] more” (I, iii, 75). It is unwise for Macbeth to disrespect the witches because they control his fate. In addition, Macbeth is very gullible. He puts his full trust in the words of the witches and his wife. Whenever the witches talk with Macbeth, they give him a false sense of security. The witches grant Macbeth three visions of his future. The first apparition warned Macbeth to “beware Macduff”; the second stated that “none of woman born” could kill Macbeth; and the third said that Macbeth cannot be killed “until Great Birnam wood [can reach] Dunsinane hill” (IV, i, 90-112). All these things gave Macbeth self confidence because the...
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