Lady Macbeth's Tragic Hero

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The play The Tragedy of Macbeth tells the story of a hero that plummets from his hero stature, into an abyss of darkness. Thus, turning Macbeth into the play's tragic hero. “....he allows himself to be seduced by the promises of boundless power, a man duped by false prophecies delivered by the forces of evil” (Bloom, 20). Although, is Macbeth simply a victim of the ideas ingrained into his head by the person he loved the most, or maybe just a hero turned villain by the greed for more power. Macbeth's beloved wife, Lady Macbeth doesn’t help the hero's decline into corruption, if anything she’s just one of the many reasons he falls into his downward spiral. The three witches tell Macbeth that he is to be king, but at what cost? “All hail, Macbeth…show more content…
Macbeth is just the victim of her own selfish ambitious to gain power and prestige. Macbeth's ascension into the life of evil, is like a domino effect. When Lady Macbeth hears of her husband's forthcoming into the throne, she immediately starts her planning of the murder itself, but also she calls on the spirits to help her gain the courage to commit such a horrible crime. “ Come, you spirits that have charge of murderous thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me, from the crown of my head to my toes, completely full of horrible cruelty” (Leary Act I Scene IV). Lady Macbeth attempts to go through with the intended plan, but falters. She sees a sleeping Duncan and cannot proceed with her vial attempt on his life, because she believes he looks like her sleeping father. This is where she starts to attack Macbeth’s masculinity, to push him to press on with Duncan’s murder. “When you dared to do the deed, then you were a man, and if you could be greater than what you were then, you would be so much more of a man” (Leary Act I Scene vii). As that domino falls leading the rest of way for the many more to come in the tragic downfall of Macbeth. The witches certainly start the cascading fall of Macbeth, yet at the end give him that extra push into his death. “The witches and their prophecies, it they are to be rationalized
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