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. This leads to the murder of Banquo and causing Macbeth to go down the wrong path and spiral out of
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.
“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 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
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
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”.
Macbeth’s Thirst For Power “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” (Brainyquotes.com). British historian, Lord Acton explains that people with complete and absolute power over others always eventually abuse this power and it goes to their head. These words perfectly describe the way that the quest for power and ambition takes a toll on a person and can lead to tragedy such as in William Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Who is responsible for Macbeth’s corruption? In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Macbeth is introduced as a courageous, noble hero of Scotland, who has bravely defeated the Norwegians. The play begins with three witches discussing Macbeth’s fate of rising to power. Shortly after, Macbeth encounters these witches and learns the prophecies.
A tragic hero is defined as a great character who is all but destined for downfall. The tragedy of Macbeth falls in line with this depiction perfectly. Macbeth was a noble warrior, he experienced a downward spiral at the top of his game, and was overcome by a flaw, his pride, that led to his ultimate destruction. Macbeth was a noble warrior, an excellent soldier admired by all. We know this because throughout the play this fact is brought to light.