The Tragic Fall Of Macbeth

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The play Macbeth by William Shakespeare presents a tragic journey from which escape is deadly. The tragic occurrences relate to Aristrotle's tragic hero. Aristrotle's Tragic Hero is defined as a character who is noble and virtuous. He allows his weaknesses to replace his honest heart, and because of this, he becomes a potential evil character. There are three main elements that define a tragic hero. The character must have a high social status, and be admired for his greatness. A tragic flaw, which dismantles his imperial status, must be evident in his personality. A tragic downfall must occur where the character displays actions provoked by his tragic flaw, usually ending the character's life. In the play Macbeth , by William Shakespeare, the character Macbeth is a definitive portrayal of Aristrotle's Tragic Hero.

Macbeth has the heart and mind of a compassionate person throughout descriptions and actions of his character early in the play.

He exhibits much strength and loyalty to his country. Macbeth, Thane of Glamis, is introduced as a strong, fearless soldier to his King. This is shown through the decisive words, "For the brave Macbeth-well deserves that name-/Disdaining fortune, with his brainish'd steek/Which smoke'd with bloody execution,"(1.2.16-18), Macbeth acts with much heroism in his battles, and fights nobly for his King. In addition, Macbeth is given special honours and his social status rises to Thane of Cawdor. This is because the King sees Macbeth's loyalty to the crown, and the Thane of Cawdor at that present time had dishonored him tremendously. The king reveals his distaste in the present Thane of Cowdor when he says, " No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive/Our blossom interest. Go pronounce his present death,/and with his former title greet Macbeth."(1.2.65-68). Macbeth is extensively known for his brave heart, and this has...

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