Considering Macbeth As A Tragic Hero

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Considering Macbeth as a Tragic Hero

In the play "Macbeth", Macbeth is known as "brave Macbeth" but the end
of the play knows him as "this dead butcher". In the beginning he was
a brave heroic warrior and everyone admired him. He had many noble
qualities, but he had one fatal flaw, which was "ambition". Although
you may think that ambition is a good quality, it is only good when
you are ambitious for something good but not something terribly evil.
Ambition is what caused Macbeth to become an evil person. His ambition
was to become Thane of Cawdor. In the end he was made King of Scotland
and in order for him to do this he had to kill his friend Duncan. ...view middle of the document...

In battle, Macbeth was known to be a great swordsman and very skilled
because the Captain said, "Like Valour's minion carved out his passage
till he faced the slave". This means that he pushed through the crowds
of warriors on the battlefield and faced the biggest villain on the
opposition's side and just killed him. This man he killed was of
course Macdonald.

Macbeth was also very loyal and trustworthy. Duncan, who was later
murdered by Macbeth said "O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman", meaning
how kind, loyal and trustworthy they all were, as Macbeth fought for
the King which is obviously ironic because in the end he actually
killed the King which was at that time, Duncan.

"What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won". Because of this, Duncan
made Macbeth Thane of Cawdor because Duncan thought of him as being so
loyal and trustworthy - obviously Macbeth wasn't because in the end
Macbeth killed him.

Macbeth knew all along that Duncan was a good man, we know this
because Macbeth said about Duncan "He hath honoured me of late". This
shows that Macbeth does know right from wrong and is therefore moral.
Macbeth has his doubts about whether he should murder Duncan; we know
that he has his doubts because he says "If we should fail", thinking
that if he does fail he should maybe have a back-up plan or something.
We also know that he is forced against his better judgement to kill
Duncan because Macbeth says, "Is this a dagger which I see before me".
This just shows that he was very hesitant and unsure about whether he
wanted to kill Duncan. The dagger was like encouraging him to take it
and then use it to kill Duncan. After Macbeth committed Duncan's
murder, he had a guilty conscience because he says "Me thought I heard
a voice cry sleep no more". This means that he was worried whether he
would every sleep peacefully again because of his guilty conscience
over the murder of Duncan.

Although ambition turns out to be a bad quality, it is also a good
quality. Macbeth says "My thought whose murder yet is but
fantastical". This shows enthusiasm and of course ambition; he is just
thinking about murdering Duncan. Macbeth also says, "If chance will
have me King, why chance may crown me". This is basically saying that
if his chances make him King then chance will make him crowned. It is
because his is filled with wonder at the predictions.

Macbeth, throughout the play, shows devotion to his wife, Lady
Macbeth. We know that Macbeth listens to her advice because he says,
"I am settled and bend up", meaning that he is settled with what his
wife may have just mentioned. Macbeth admires his wife also; he says,
"Bring faith men - children only". Macbeth loves his wife that he
tries to protect her from knowledge of his plot to kill Banquo. He
says to her, "Be innocent of the knowledge,...

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