Is Macbeth A Noble Character Essay

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Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, makes notable improvements to most aspects of human knowledge. “A tragedy [says Aristotle] is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude.” Macbeth meets these criteria because it has a supernatural power, a noble character by birth and actions, and the noble character understands why he falls at the end. To begin with, the witches are the supernatural power in Macbeth. They determine what is right and wrong. For example, Macbeth becomes king after the sagacious witches tell him “that [he] shalt be king hereafter” (I.iii.50). One cannot prevent what the supernatural power says because it will happen eventually. Secondly, Macbeth is a noble character by birth and actions. “By Sinel’s death,” he becomes thane of Glamis (I.iii.71). In addition to his father’s death, Macbeth becomes thane of Cawdor because Duncan does not want the former thane of Cawdor to “deceive [his] bosom interest” (I.ii.62-63).…show more content…
One of Macbeth’s downfall is his tragic flaw. To support, “[Macbeth has] no spur to prick the sides of [his] intent, but only vaulting ambition” (I.vii.25-27). He decides to seize Fife and to kill “[Macduff’s] wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line” (IV.i.152). His next downfall is limitation of knowledge. The witches conjure apparitions; each of the apparitions tells him different things about his future. After the second apparition tells Macbeth that no man born from a woman will harm him, Macbeth says, “Then live, Macduff. What need I fear of thee?” (IV.i.82). Because of his lack of knowledge, he does not know that Macduff was born by a cesarean

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