Macbeth : Tragic Hero

Essay by Jonathan CarlsonHigh School, 11th grade November 1996

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The most recent meaning of the word Tragic Hero as defined by Microsoft Works

dictionary is 'A hero of noble stature whose fortunes are reversed as a result of weakness.'

Many characters in the play were affected by tragedy for a number of reasons, but without

argue, Macbeth and his reverse of fortunes are due to his own actions, and the rest of the cast

were merely victims of this. Macbeth's action's lead to his very nemises. From the beginning of

the play this tragedy of his was manifested through forces beyond human; the supernatural if you

will. These forces were that of the witches. The next factor in determining his fate was his own

decision's and action's. Lady Macbeth is the second reason for Macbeth's tragedy; without her

support in aiding his decision, Macbeth would have never had the strength to lie, scheme, and

destroy to such extremes. The last, and most devastating to Macbeth, was his cripled conscious

which made him act out of selfeshness and lust.

The sequence of these factors were most

defenitely provoked by the evilness and twisted nature of the witches, for if it weren't for their

influence, then Macbeth would have never turned his desires into reality.

At the very beginning of the play Macbeth is nothing but a general fighting for his country.

His fellow fighter's admire Macbeth, for in their eyes, and even in the eyes of the highest of

authority, his nobility and couragousness is looked up to. His success for his acheivement is

rewarded, and his confidence is made stronger because of this. But this is only the beginning, and

soon these good fortunes will come to a tragic end. The audience is then introduced to a group of

witches. Three witches who appear as wicked and repulsive. They...