Macbeth: the Tragic Hero

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Macbeth: The Tragic Hero
By: Daniel Chekole

2012

Macbeth: The Tragic Hero
By: Daniel. C "Any art worthy of its name should address 'life', 'man', 'nature', 'death' and 'tragedy'.” (Barnett Newman, BrainQuote) In a tragedy the main character rises to greatness showing characteristics above normality while repeatedly showing proof to the audience about his or her tragic flaw which later on leads to the character’s downfall. Macbeth created tragedy in the lives of his loved ones and peers as well as a monumental tragic fate onto himself during his reversion from being a decent and moral man to someone similar to a devil who had paranoia and couldn’t differentiate between good and evil. Furthermore, Macbeth became detached from the feelings and thoughts of the people around him as he became so engaged in himself as well as the three witches and their prophecies. When Shakespeare wrote this play he slowed down the process of the tragedy so that the audience would acknowledge and experience Macbeth’s success and happiness; slowing signs appeared with foreshadowing techniques leading to the climax of the play as Macbeth headed to his tragic flaw. In the process of the tragedy Macbeth starts as a brave respected warrior, then later is fooled by the witches with prophecies, and sadly becomes lifeless.

In the beginning of the play as we first hear of Macbeth from a wounded captain who came from the battlefield, the audience sees Macbeth as a heroic and brave warrior. Then King Duncan states that the old thane of Cawdor must be put to death due to assisting the enemy and that Macbeth the victorious hero would be granted with the Cawdor’s title. “No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive our bosom interest.../ And former title greet Macbeth.”(l. ii. ll. 73-76). Even though…...

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