Loyalty Through the noble deeds performed in Anglo-Saxon originated epic, the ideal of loyalty is portrayed through the main character, Beowulf. Since he is the ideal thane, the failure of other knights to be as extraordinary as Beowulf makes him seem even more faithful and noble. Beowulf was loyal to all of his kin, kingdom, king, country, and his subjects. With this and courage he was a model thane, as well as king, for he was portrayed through the epic as the perfect warrior, and the most idealistic knight of his time. As described in the story, Beowulf is fiercely loyal; he has allegiance with all that are not enemies.
Beowulf was strong, intelligent, humble, and kind and in the eyes of society this was their view of being good. He showed compassion and he was very understanding which is the characteristics of someone that is good. These are the values that Beowulf portrayed throughout this story. Beowulf understood his place in the world as he was dedicated to illustrating his heroic strength and loyalty to all people. He was considered a “larger than life” hero and the writer of the story did a great job portraying the good characteristics of Beowulf and how he was able to conquer all.
In the play written by William Shakespeare entitled Macbeth, one character in particular named Duncan is indeed an interesting fellow. He first appears in Act One, Scene Two, and praises Macbeth for defeating Macdownwald. There are many ways to describe him, as he seems to be a good but foolish person, a good king, and a poor judge of other people’s character. These characteristics are painfully obvious throughout the play until Duncan is murdered by Macbeth. Duncan plays an important role in the play, as he shows how power-hungry Macbeth is throughout the tragedy.
Justin Williams Mrs. Haworth English IV 1 December 2011 Macbeth’s Dramatic Character Changes Leading to His Downfall In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a tragic hero is shown in the main character of Macbeth. As in many of Shakespeare’s works, he uses a tragic hero to tell a story. The character of Macbeth changes dramatically as the play goes on. In the beginning he has a great social status and is a liked character by his peers. However, in a chain of events that status is quickly removed.
It is true that the circumstances of there lives and deaths are drastically different but I believe both are tragic heroes in there own respects. Both Macbeth and Morrison show the qualities of a tragic hero. There are a few differences; unlike Macbeth who was born of nobility (his father being the late thane of Glamis) Morrison was born into an army family, (his father being in the navy). Morrison’s fatal flaw was his drug abuse and the fact that he believed he needed them to reach his “next level of existence” which ultimately would be his death. While Macbeth’s fatal flaw was his ambition and pride.
An example of this is his lack of any legitimate reasons for killing King Duncan and obtaining the throne except for his own ambition and greed to become king. The prophecies that Macbeth receives from the witches seem so true that he relies on the words of these predictions alone, instead of taking action himself to secure the works of the prophecies. Macbeth let his ambition blind him; as did the ruler in “Ozymandias”. Another consequence of ambition is loneliness. Ozymandias and Macbeth had so much ambition that they put themselves above all of their peers and former supporters.
He is presented as a man who rejects impulsive action in a way that is soothing and calming. Othello is a hero, a great warrior, and in love with his wife Desdemona. Othello trusts Desdemona with everything. Othello, “My life upon her faith. Honest Iago,” (Act 1, scene 3, 293) The authority of his command reflects not only supreme confidence in his military prowess but also a great self-control and rationality.
Essentially, they are both great mean who have a position in society but each has a fatal flaw. Macbeth’s fatal flaw is ambition and Jekyll’s fatal flaw is professional vanity. Shakespeare presents Macbeth’s sense of evil through soliloquy and imagery, and Stephenson presents Jekyll’s evil through different types of narrative non-linear, third person, first person narrative and imagery. At the start of the play the tragic hero Macbeth is portrayed as loyal to the King and a brave solider. Macbeth is portrayed as a "good being" because he fought for his country and for his king.
A Tragic Hero in one of Shakespears plays are noble men who have a great flaw and because of that flaw goes threw a downfall but in the end they learn a lesson. In the play of Macbeth, Macbeth is a tragic hero. Macbeth is a nobleman with many flaws. One of his most prominent flaws is his over ambition and that he was easy to manipulate. Macbeth was willing to do anything he could in order to be king.