Macbeth Tragic Hero Essay

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Shakespearean English Macbeth: Tragic Hero Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Although Shakespeare’s Macbeth does not possess the positive characteristics of a traditional hero, he is the epitome of a tragic hero as defined by Aristotle. He is noble and influential character when we first meet him in the play. He is introduced as a highly respected general in the Scottish army and is loved by Duncan, his king. Macbeth also certainly meets with a downfall and destruction. Ultimately he is killed by Macduff, a man whose family Macbeth had murdered. However, Macbeth’s downfall begins when he realizes that all in Scotland hate him and no one supports him out of love or loyalty. Macbeth’s opposition from the others is substantial, but it begins with the witches whose equivocation in their first prophecies sets Macbeth on his murderous course of action. Lady Macbeth also contributes to Macbeth’s downfall when she exerts her influence and basically pushes him to kill Duncan, his king. The influence of others, however, might not have caused Macbeth’s downfall without the flaws in his own character. The three defects in Macbeth’s character that most contributed to his downfall are: gullibility, diffidence, and pride exhibited by Macbeth throughout the play. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth and Banquo meet the three witches after a battle. Banquo notices the conspicuous and odd appearances of the witches when he says, ‘’ So wither'd and so wild in their attire, That look not like the inhabitants o' the earth, And yet are on't? Live you? Or are you aught/ That man may question? You seem to understand me, By each at once her chappy finger laying, Upon her skinny lips: you should be women, And yet your beards forbid me to interpret, That you are so.’’ If Banquo sees the ominous and weird appearances of the witches, so does Macbeth. Further into the dialogue the

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