The Tragic Hero, Macbeth Essay

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Through The Tragedy of Macbeth, the readers witness the rise and fall of the power of Macbeth from a loved and respected nobleman to a feared tyrant. He is a tragic hero who was brought to his demise by his own ambition, guilt, fear and self-doubt. Macbeth is pictured as a valiant hero, a courageous warrior, and one of King Duncan's most favored generals. Macbeth's greed first became apparent upon meeting the three witches whose prophecies told of Macbeth becoming the Thane of Cawdor. When the first prophesy becomes reality, Macbeth immediately longs for more power. He reveals his true self under his façade. As Macbeth realizes that he must murder the king to obtain the throne; he ...view middle of the document...

vii.31) but Lady Macbeth would not listen to her husband, accusing Macbeth of his vanity and pride of his manliness, and calls Macbeth a fearful coward. Macbeth, in fear of being caught, is reassured by the manipulation of Lady Macbeth, who believes and convinces Macbeth that they will not fail and the deed must be done. Macbeth's fear, a major factor of his downfall, is more thoroughly depicted when Macbeth begins to hallucinate presenting more of his true self. He believes he sees an untouchable bleeding dagger in front of him right before the murder takes place. His fears manipulated his imagination again when he hears voices calling "sleep no more"(II.ii.34) and "Macbeth does murder sleep."(II.ii.35)After successfully committing the murder, Macbeth's fear and feeling of guilt grows greatly. Upon seeing Macbeth completing the deed, Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to return the daggers to the king's chambers and wipe the blood on the bed sheets. Macbeth replied, "I am afraid to think what I have done; Look on it again, I dare not,"(II.ii.50-51) with a sense of guilt. Looking upon his bloody hands, Macbeth ponders to himself "Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hands? No,"(II.ii.59-60) acknowledging that all the water in the ocean will not be able to cleanse the blood and the guilt from his hand or his heart. His wife who believes that "a little water clears us of the deed,"(II.ii.66) tells him that he should be ashamed of having a heart as white as his. Macbeth's self hatred begins and his lacking ability of putting on a false face. As the couple plans to murder Duncan, Lady Macbeth warns Macbeth that he must look like the innocent flower, and reminds him to be jovial to the guests at the royal banquet fearing that he would not be able to do so.For fear of discovery, Macbeth cannot find the pleasures of donning the crown he has stolen. Macbeth fears Banquo, a noble general, the most because he is a good and honorable man who vowed to fight treasonous malice and since Banquo knows Macbeth so well, Banquo most likely knows the truth and seeks to right the wrong. To prevent Banquo from overthrowing Macbeth, Macbeth decides Banquo and Banquo's son, Fleance, must...

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