Macbeth: Tragic Hero

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Macbeth: Tragic Hero

In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, we discover that

Macbeth is a tragic hero. Macbeth is very ambitious, courageous,

and a moral coward: all these things lead to his tragic death at

the end of the play.

At the beginning of the play, Shakespeare defines Macbeth as a

hero very clearly. From the courages in defense of Scotland is

significant in the opening scene. However, he is very ambitious

to be king. At the beginning of the play, he was loyal to the

king. While he did imagine of murder his mind rejects it and

said, "Why, if fate will have me king, why, chance may crown me,"

- Act I, Sc 3, p.44-45.

Yet increasingly his ambition defeated his good nature. When

Duncan named Malcolm the Prince of Cumberland, Macbeth decided on

the murder of Duncan. When Duncan arrived at Inverness, Macbeth

controled his ambition for the time being and did not kill

Duncan. The failing of his decision was soon reflected by Lady

Macbeth who called him a coward. From then on, after the murder

of Duncan, Macbeth entered into a life of evil.

Since he overcomed his good nature, he no longer needed to be with

his friend Banquo. He wanted to protect his ambition, by killing

the king, and now he killed Banquo, due to the prediction of what

the witches said about Banquo's son becoming the king. Macbeth

wanted to ensure that he would reach his ambition without


Macbeth, who now no longer needed any encouragement from Lady

Macbeth, started to leave her in ignorance of his plans. Near the

end of the play, Lady Macbeth sleepwalked and had a dream about

the killing of Duncan and Banquo. She died because of all this

pressure and...