Macbeth seems like an even worse person after he kills Macduff’s family for no apparent reason. Macduff has some real hatred for Macbeth, on 143 he says “Not in the legions of horrid hell can come a devil more damned in evils to top Macbeth.” Macduff is not bloodthirsty, he just wants revenge. Because of Macduff there is a strong protagonist to fight against Macbeth. Duncan and Banquo are killed so Macduff takes their place as “the good guy”. Another comparison that is made to Macbeth is with Duncan, the old king.
A hero suffers an extreme reversal of fortune, from great success to abysmal failure, which causes immense suffering. Brutus suffers from knowing that what he did to Caesar was wrong, so he kills himself. He thought that killing Caesar was a great success to Rome, which then leads to a dreadful failure, the people of Rome saying that what he did was dishonorable. After his failure, he decides to let Caesar not suffer anymore, “Caesar, now be still; I kill’s not thee with half so good a will.”(V, 5 50-1) After his dreadful failure, his final suffering entered his life, “I know my hour is come,” (V, 5 19) Brutus’s immense suffering and only escape was death, and suffered his death honorably. A tragic flaw is a weakness that makes a hero susceptible to mistake, which brings on the fate of personal tragedy.
Banquo also warns Macbeth as a friend, “… oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths…” Despite Banquo’s warning, Macbeth is now more confident that his deep inner desire will be fulfilled – especially after the witch’s prophecy. Mabeth feels that kingship is within his reach and acts upon the prophecy; however Banquo feels that he does not need to act, as he believes that if it is a true prophecy, it will happen without his action. This difference in their attitude is seen in their encounter with the witches. Unknowing if the witch’s declare the truth, Banquo is cautious in questioning them about the prophecies. “If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear your favours nor your hate.” However, Macbeth commands “tell me more”.
Ambition is a common downfall for those who seek power. In literature, authors use characters to demonstrate the harmful effects of ambition. Shakespeare, in his play Macbeth, develops the character of Macbeth, who changes from a good-hearted person to evil because of his corrupting power and unchecked ambition. In Act I, Macbeth debates with himself on whether or not to kill Duncan. He considers that, even if Duncan’s murder could be completed without any negative consequences, like getting caught, he still would have to live with guilt.
No one to blame but Macbeth Decisions can be impacted by a number of factors; but in the end we have to be the ones to take responsibility for our actions. This is demonstrated when we see Macbeth transform from a brave soldier to a power-hungry murderer, feared by all his subjects. Macbeth is the one to blame for his own descent into cruelty and murder because he let his ambition, arrogance and greed take over his mind. While some may claim that Macbeth is to blame for his actions, others argue that it is the force of the supernatural that leads to his demise. Early on the witches reveal prophecies to Macbeth suggesting his rise to power.
Tragic Hero Essay A heroic figure that possesses a character flaw which eventually leads up to his or her defeat is know as a tragic hero. This character is known to be both good and noble, but suffers many flaws that do not bring out the best traits that he or she has. In the play “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare, Marcus Brutus qualifies to a high extent as the tragic hero. One of Brutus’ flaws has was that he had a lust for power. Others easily manipulated him into any situation, which resulted in him joining the conspiracy.
Macbeth responds, in brief, as a loyal thane to the Scottish king, but the prospect unnerves him. * The audience could see Macbeth’s ambition leading him to cursed thoughts which has been greatly *enforced and twisted* by the* malicious* witches. *The caution from the first apparition causes Macbeth to start a bloody massacre across England, killing families of people who may threaten his position. After this point in the play, we see *that *Macbeth* has* turn*ed* into a ruthless tyrant* in the hope of avoiding fate*, so desensitized to humanity that even the suicide of his wife *could not arouse grief from him. * All he could muster was* “She should have died hereafter”.
This is shown when Mark Antony uses reverse psychology by stating “But Brutus is an honorable man.” His tragic flaw shapes and foreshadows his downfall. Lastly, Brutus can be seen as the tragic hero of the play because his tragic flaw leads to his death and downfall. Brutus experiences the start of his downfall when he sees Caesar’s ghost. The ghost foreshadows his downfall by
Does Brutus Is A Tragic Hero? A tragic hero is a person in a high position who has a weakness(tragic flaw). He is not victim of fate, he makes a tragic mistake and falls as a result. In William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, the character Brutus fits the definition of a tragic hero. A tragic hero is characterized as good and noble.
Ahmad Rathore 3/25/11 Creon: An Aristotelian Tragic Hero Aristotle, an ancient Literary Critic believed that in order for a character to be a tragic hero, the character must fulfill certain qualities. In Sophocles’ Tragedy Antigone, Creon who was once the cities most favored King, fell to ruin after causing the death of his own son. Not only did he kill his own son, his wife committed suicide because of such unbearable news. According to Aristotle Creon executes such criterion to the highest extent. Aristotle believed that a tragic hero must have been a man of greatness and nobility, while still being flawed in essence to his personality.