Essay by jjerina1High School, 12th grade February 1997

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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 problems.

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 her guilt about...