The Downfall Of 'The Tragic Hero'

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Macbeth is written by the playwright William Shakespeare. The play is a story of good verses evil, which portrays the decline of Macbeth ¡¥the tragic hero¡¦ who starts as a valiant kinsman and becomes a bloody tyrant who dies shamefully. A tragic hero is an eminent person who falls from grace because of their fatal flaw. In Macbeth¡¦s case his fatal flaw is his vaulting ambition to be king and to stop anyone who will defy him of this position is what brings him to his downfall.

It is said that power corrupts, and that absolute power corrupts absolutely, which is entirely true to the character of Macbeth. When the curtain is drawn in act one Macbeth is seen as a strong leader and a good man, however the three witches have a rather large surprise for the great Macbeth. This surprise will eventually cost him his life and the salvation of his soul.

The witches trickery is seen by, All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter. (Act one, scene three) The witches trick Macbeth by making him believe that he was fated to be king by promising him the title of thane of Cawdor and fulfilling this promise. After this almost impossible prediction becomes true Macbeth decides that he should become king as well. His royal dreams and ambition begin to take over his good side.

The decline of Macbeth starts when the three weird sisters unleash Macbeth's "black and deep desires" by promising him the crown in the near future. In the Elizabethan era witches were seen as meddlesome, torturing humans with trickery and deceit. By deceiving Macbeth his ambition to be king is let out of the cage...