Macbeth is a play that consists of a very interesting tragic hero, Macbeth. He is a tragic hero from his ambition, greed, and guilt, which are known as Macbeth’s tragic flaws. Macbeth’s mistakes and errors combines listening to the witches prophecies, and killing both Duncan and Banquo, are also very supportive of how is a tragic hero. His downfall, of course, is where the Shakespearean term tragic hero struck the most, from Macbeth killing Macduff’s family, his epiphany, to when he suffered death. So, want to know the real secret of Shakespeare’s tragedies?
In this play, a series of events take place: starting with Macbeth being prophesied as being king, his ambition to seize the throne, and his death as a corrupted ruler. The word “kingship” in this play implies both goodness and corruption that leads to the overall theme of disrupting the natural order and the expansion of distrust within the royal court. Macbeth’s ambition to be “Scotland’s King” starts when the weird sisters announce, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis! /All hail, Macbeth!
Macbeth demonstrates both literal and figurative nobility as the plot beings to grow throughout the play. Literal nobility is shown at the beginning of the play when the audience is shown macbeth is a general, and a good one at that. This is demonstrated in (I.II.2) “For brave Macbeth well he deserves that name disdaining fortune, with his brandish’d steel, which smok’d with bloody excecution, like valor’s minion carv’d out his passage, till he face’d the slave”. This shows that as a noble general, Macbeth deserves more. However, his nobility falls short in act 2 scene 7 after he kills King Duncan to take the throne.
Moreover, Macbeth decides to murder the king and aim for his position at the discretion and influence of both Lady Macbeth and the witches. Immediately after Macbeth kills Duncan, he reports to Lady Macbeth, “I have done the deed” (Mac. 2.2.14). The notion that Macbeth chooses to inform Lady Macbeth of his successful murder show his need for her approval. Because Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth to become King, after the murder, he now turns to her in need of guidance.
It is vital that the audience is aware of Macbeth’s strengths early in the play, because it evolves Macbeth as a tragic hero when the audience witness Macbeth’s downfall, instigated by the witches and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth is seen as intelligent and kindhearted by Lady Macbeth who illuminates Macbeth’s personality" too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness/Thou wouldst be great (1.v.15-19)”. Shakespeare’s Macbeth experiences immense feelings of guilt for his role in the murder of King Duncan, which derived from The Chronicles. Holinshed describes King Kenneth who experiences a guilt ridden conscience, once the slaughtering of his nephew takes
Shakespeare believes that ambition, when taken too far leads to our destruction as shown through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a heroic soldier who fights for the king without mercy, but he has track by ambition, his curious nature and his wife’s ambition lead him to the witches who told him the prophecies. After the second prophecy has come true, Macbeth has become the thane of Cawdor. He has led to the growth of his ambition by his thought “whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and Ames my seated heart knock at my rib again the use of nature? Present fears are less than horrible imaginings” (1.3.150).
Ross, here says that ambition is the reason Malcolm murdered Duncan, and that has as a result Macbeth will become king. Ross was correct in that, ambition was the cause of the murder, and that Macbeth would become king, he just didn’t know Macbeth was the usurper at this time. Then, at the end of the play, Macduff kills Macbeth. This happens because Macbeth wanted to remain in power, and so he killed Macduff’s family, resulting in his own death. “O, I could play the woman with mine eyes, and braggart with my tongue!
Early on in the story it is revealed that Macbeth wants to become the king after listening from the prophecy told by the three wyrd witches. One example is when Macbeth says” Two predictions have come true. The First towards the ultimate goal, the throne!” (1.3.130-135). That proves that Macbeth has a lot of ambition to become the new king and to over throne Duncan. Another quote from Macbeth that shows his sole desire to become king is when he says “If fate says I’ll be king well fate may crown me, without my help” (1.3.
Macbeth needs to follow through with this plan because Fleance and Banquo could get in the way of Macbeth becoming King. The three witches had also foretold Banquo’s descendants to become king. Macbeth sends men to follow through with this plan. They succeed to kill Banquo, but Fleance escapes. After being responsible for the deaths of two people, Duncan and Banquo, Macbeth is in a state where he feels the need to keep murdering people that could possibly get in his way of becoming king.
Late one day Macbeth and Banquo, the other thane, met with three witches who said, “Macbeth is the thane of the Cawdor, Macbeth will be the King of Scotland, and Banquo’s children will be kings” (Act 1 Scene 3 Lines 50-70). Macbeth had questions, but the witches disappeared before he could ask them. Soon, Ross arrives with a message for Macbeth. He explained to Macbeth that the King is so grateful that he won two battles and is giving Macbeth a new title honoring his loyalty towards the King. He congrats Macbeth and said his new title is “Thane of Cawdor.” Macbeth writes to his wife, and explains what he was told by the