Macbeth Tragic Hero Essay

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Macbeth Essay Shakespeare in his play Macbeth presents the audience with a tragic hero who has a fatal flaw. Macbeth's fatal flaw changes him from a hero to a tragic hero as he becomes easily influenced by Lady Macbeth and the witches’ prophecies, has a different mentality and reacts differently to situations. Macbeth is a tragic hero suffers from excessive ambition and ignorance which leads him to his self destruction. Macbeth does not kill arbitrarily as he was influenced by Lady Macbeth and the witches’ prophecies who fuelled Macbeth's ambition, making him easily influenced to commit evil deeds. "I am settled, and bend up each corporal agent to this terrible feat.” (1.7, 79-80) The line above demonstrates Macbeth’s sudden attitude towards the idea of murdering Duncan. In the eleventh century, to be feminine meant weakness; therefore by mocking Macbeth of his worst fear, it encourages him to commit more evil deeds to become successful. In the witches’ prophecies, they succeed in…show more content…
Lady Macbeth was a very significant character in the play, but as the play continues, her role becomes less significant to the plot and Macbeth. Macbeth leaves Lady Macbeth out of the plan of murdering Banquo, Banquo's son and Macduff's family. He does not inform Lady Macbeth of his plans. In fact, the witches slowly begin to replace Lady Macbeth for Macbeth after the death of Duncan. Aside from ignoring Lady Macbeth, Macbeth does not visit her once while she was mentally ill. Macbeth proceeds to return to the witches for a second telling because they do a better job of fuelling Macbeth's ambition. “This my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red.” (2.2. 64-65) This quote above resembles the guilt Macbeth felt after murdering Macbeth. As the play continues, Macbeth did not feel any guilt or remorse towards killing Banquo and Macduff's

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