He decides his final decision by the push of Lady Macbeth. He tells her, “I am settled, and bend up/ Each corporal agent to this terrible feat” (I.7.79-80). Macbeth end ups murdering the king due to Lady Macbeth pushing his flaw even more. Banquo’s fate, on the other hand, was that his descendants were to become kings. Macbeth's flaw makes him become paranoid about Banquo’s children being king because he wants the throne for his own descendants and not his.
The term tragic hero is a character of noble birth who can emphasize with the audience by qualities. A tragic hero must create a situation that he or she can not change. According to Aristotle there are also certain characteristics in which a tragic hero must convey through their actions. In Shakespeare 's Macbeth some may see Macbeth as an antagonist, but Macbeth is a tragic hero because he holds high positions and works his way to more, recognizes his flaw, and shows responsibility for his doom. Macbeth follows these characteristics as for he is Thane of Glamis and Cawdor.
He was so ambitious and power hunger that he was willing to murder his best friend and war partner due to an off chance Macbeth made up in his head. Macbeth’s knowledge of the importance of a bloodline drove him to do even more unspeakable things and go even more insane. “They hailed him father to a line of kings./ Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown/ And put a barren scepter in my grip,/ Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand,/ No son of mine succeeding./” (Macbeth Act 3 Scene 1) Macbeth allowed his mind to make up crazy scenarios and become paranoid, power hunger, and dangerously ambitious. His situations and scenarios combined with importances emphasized by his culture caused his tragic flaw to show and cause his
The progression of Macbeth’s rise and fall in nobility follows that of a story: Macbeth begins as the Thane of Glamis (the background), followed by Thane of Cawdor (rising action), then King of Scotland (climax), and lastly death (resolution). As Macbeth climbs the political ladder, the argument that Macbeth is a tragic hero strengthens because a tragic hero is made tragic partially by the height they fall from. Macbeth’s rise in power also causes him to become extremely paranoid that someone will kill him or try to expose him as Duncan’s murderer. This paranoia drives Macbeth to visit the Weird Sisters to force them to reveal his
Macbeth was responsible for his own actions when killing King Duncan, the guards, and his best friend Banquo. These actions came from his flaw of ambition, His ambition for power would stop at nothing for him to become king. He wanted power so bad that he was willing to kill his best friend. The prophecies were the reasoning of the awakening of this ambitious mindset of
Furthermore, at this point, Macbeth wishes to wipe out Banquo, as the witches had predicted that he would be the father to the new line of Kings, thus indicating that Banquo and his lineage would usurp the throne from him. Thus, Macbeth’s fear of losing his
Throughout the play, Macbeth portrays his tragic flaw of vaulting ambition. Macbeth soon became a tyrant leader, and his fall became inevitable. Therefore, in Shakespeare 's play Macbeth, the main character Macbeth fits the definition of an Aristotelian tragic hero because he begins with nobility, and because of his ambition, he suffers a fall from Grace, however, he regains a small measure of nobility and self-awareness.
An encounter with the three witches and the suspicion that Macbeth “shalt be king hereafter”, triggers his ambition for power – with dangerous consequences. In the play, Macbeth states, “I have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself / And falls on th’ other” (I. vii. 25-28). This reveals that Macbeth is certain that ambition is what is driving his actions, by saying “vaulting ambition”, in this case he is referring to the murder of King Duncan. Macbeth states, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man That
Here Macbeth is considering whether life is meaningful. Macbeth’s character changes greatly throughout the play, from a respected thane to a king who people want dead. Macbeth gives in to his ‘vaulting ambition’ and, encouraged by the witches and Lady Macbeth, he murders King Duncan for the power. The guilt from this greatly affects him, he thinks he should carry on this path as he is almost at the
He no sooner achieves the feat than he allows the “double-tongues” of the witches to alter his social ranking in the society. The original reason to kill is the throne. He no sooner achieves that than he realises the enormity of the task ahead as he only paves the way for the children of Banquo to become kings since he has no one to succeed him. In the course of assassinating Banquo, he enlists the services of murderers. This reveals the level of degeneration of Macbeth.
It is true that Lady Macbeth and the three witches were partially responsible for his downfall; however, Macbeth’s selfish desires are what cloud his thoughts in the first place. Macbeth’s life and destiny is really in his own hands. Though fate plays a significant part in the play shown from the witches prediction on Macbeth 's rise to Thane of Cawdor, it is his own wicked thoughts with the influence of Lady Macbeth that leads him to kill the king, and that decision is what ultimately lead to his downfall. Although the witches mention to Macbeth that it is his fate to take the throne, Macbeth is the one to make it occur. Thus, his fate was in his own hands, just like it is in everyone else’s as
He compromises his honor and negates moral responsibility to attain power and position which results in his tragic end. From the beginning, Macbeth was faced with choices and he continuously kept on making bad ones. The witches vision for the future of him becoming king together with his ambition drove Macbeth to commit a crime, make a choice that would then continue to haunt him forever. With significant influence from Lady Macbeth, he decided to take action and murder King Duncan. We see him consider his choice to kill Duncan in soliloquy in Act 1, Scene 7 “If it were done”.