Macbeth changes into a tragic hero by his tragic flaws tainting his decision making. In the beginning Macbeth is an admirable, trustworthy, and courageous man. The captain remarks, “For brave Macbeth” (1.2.18). People obviously think very greatly of him. Both the captain and Ross think he is a skilled and wonderful fighter.
Last of all, the tragic hero must redeem himself despite his flaw and eventually create sympathy for the character. Macbeth is presented at the start of the play as a noble man, one full of all the good qualities a man could desire - bravery, strength, loyalty, manliness and health. In Act 1 Scene 2, Macbeth is talked of as a heroic warrior that "brandished steel which smoked with bloody execution". Many other characters in the play also see Macbeth as a honourable man, with the King acknowledging this with comments such as "O valiant cousin, worthy Gentleman". Indeed, if Macbeth did not display these characteristics, then the title of Thane of Cawdor would not have been bestowed upon him in the first place.
Receiving praise from a king is of such honour and prestige that few are worthy, and yet Macbeth is one of the select few who have the honour. It is learnt that Macbeth single-handedly defeated the invading enemy; Macbeth ‘confronted him with self-comparisons, point against point...the victory fell on us!’ as described by Ross, a fellow soldier. This shows that Macbeth is a man of great courage, passion and that he has the audacity to face the enemy without fear, armed only with a sword and his love for his king and country. So it is that before Macbeth appears on stage, the audience anticipates a man of exceptional stature, a soldier of heroic proportion. His words, ‘so foul a fair a day I have not seen’ announce his presence and entrance with powerful simplicity.
The good warriors show loyalty to their “ring-givers” and will often stand by their side in the face of battle. However, others show their fear. All in all, loyalty, honor, and generosity are what sets everyone apart from evil and are most important in the culture of Beowulf. You will see these traits in a good King as well. A good King would be someone who gives his thanes treasure for their efforts in battle.
President Obama’s inaugural speech was uplifting and inspirational. It was quite refreshing to hear a man who seems to truly believe in the intrinsic equality and goodness of all mankind. He touched on many key issues this country faces without doing much to sugar coat them, but instead affirmed his belief that the people are capable of making the necessary changes to correct these problems - that history has shown time and again the resilience and spirit of our great nation to see adversity through to its end, and come out a stronger, more unified people. It is not that our country is less great now than it has been in the past. We are still the most powerful and prosperous nation in the world, but we have grown complacent – stale as President Obama puts it.
The play begins by showing the readers that Othello is a noble General. He is well respected by his officers with the exception of Iago of course, and he is well respected by politicians. The Duke makes it clear what the town thinks of Othello by saying “Othello, the fortitude of the place is best known to you.” (1. I; iii 576). And later on in the same scene he says to Barbantio, “Your son-in-law is far more fair than black.” Othello is a highly esteemed man who commands the respect of everyone he meets.
A soldier describes Macbeth as “Brave Macbeth…Like valour’s minion.” The soldier is implying that Macbeth only works for honour and loyalty. Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth, also states “…yet I do fear thy nature./ It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness.” This is simply saying that Macbeth is very kind but also capable of immense bravery. A fatal flaw is required in the hero to cause his eventual downfall. Macbeth’s most predominant flaw is his enormous ambition. As soon as the witches tell him he would be the thane of Cawdor and then the king, he was sceptical
In literature Beowulf is a perfect example of an Anglo-Saxon warrior. Anglo-Saxon warrior is clearly shown in Beowulf. In Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon warrior is shown well by the actions of Beowulf. It is obvious that Beowulf is the classic warrior. His strength and courage are incomparable, and he is way more humble and honorable than many of the bad warriors around him.
In William Shakespeare's "Macbeth", the audience witnesses one man overriding ambitions resulting in consequences both for himself and those around him. In the play the main character is heavily influenced and persuaded by external forces, particularly the supernatural and the immense ambition of Lady Macbeth. In Act I, Shakespeare set the scene for what is to prove the pivotal part of the play, the death of King Duncan. Therefore, through act one the audience's perception of Macbeth changes completely. The character who entered the stage at the beginning is, in the eyes of the audience, completely different person from the character at the end of the first act.
This shows me that Macbeth is becoming a more vengeful person foreshadowing more bad deeds “We are yet but young in deed”. The survival of Fleance also adds significance to the play in a dramatic fashion. Fleance’s survival plays a trivial role on Macbeth’s future as king because of the prophecies of the witches. The fact that Fleance is still alive brings fear and sleepless nights to Macbeth. This makes us readers to believe that Fleance will revenge the death of his father in the future.