Macbeth, The Tragic Hero

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Macbeth is showed to be a brave, courage and tremendous warrior at the beginning of the play. He kills Maldonwald, a traitor, who leads a group of invaders to attack Scotland. As soon as Maldonwald is killed and Scotland’s army put down the revolt and sends the rebels running, the king of Norway takes advantage of Scotland’s weary soldiers by sending his forces against him. However, Macbeth is not troubled by the sudden assault. Macbeth is described as “cannons overcharged with double cracks”(1.2.37). Furthermore, he is highly praised by the sergeant when Malcolm orders him to report the status of the battle to King Duncan.

For brave Macbeth – well deserves that name, -Disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel,Which smok’d with bloody execution,Like valour’s minion carv’d out his passage,Till he fac’d the slave (1.2.16-20)Besides, Macbeth’s loyalty to the king is evident in the beginning of the play. He is confused and feared when he hears the prophecy from with witches that he will become a king.

He is conscientious that time. He is sucked by the idea to kill Duncan as he speaks to Banquo:“My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,Shakes so my single state of man that functionIs smother’d in surmise, and nothing isBut what is not (1,3, 140-144)As a result of the prophecies, this arouses his curiosity of how he could be the king of Scotland. This causes Macbeth to rely on the witches’ prophecies as the play progresses.

Treacherous Lady Macbeth influences Macbeth about his desire to murder King Duncan. Lady Macbeth is far more ambitious than Macbeth. Macbeth still has a conscience at this stage because he is very hesitant about killing the king. His conscience is proved when he rejects the idea to kill the king because King Duncan has awarded...