But many see him still as a tragic hero because his flaw is what allowed him to proceed with the killing. In conclusion, although some believe that Macbeth is aware of what he is doing for himself Macbeth is a tragic hero. In Shakespeare 's Macbeth he holds high praise of being Thane of Glamis and Cawdor, knows of his flaw and after putting himself in a situation he fought to the end of his own death. By Aristotle 's characteristics guide of a tragic hero and how Macbeth responses to his flaw is what makes Macbeth a tragic hero instead of an
His ambition causes him to choose the wrong choices and affects the outcome of his life. In the beginning of the story, the witches tell Macbeth that his fate is to become king. Macbeth believes that fate will just simply make it true and that he will not have to do anything. However, his ambitious nature makes him ponder the thought of being king in his own way. He decides his final decision by the push of Lady Macbeth.
Throughout The Tragedy of Macbeth, we see the character of Macbeth change from a person of great honor and respect to someone who is engulfed in the greed for power. When Shakespeare wrote his play, he was showing the world what a tragic hero seems to be like, but did he really know what it meant to be a tragic hero himself when writing his play. A tragic hero is a character who makes a judgment error with the right intentions in mind, but this ultimately leads to their demise even if they thought they were doing the right thing (Berquist). Now the way Macbeth’s character was written, he seems to be a little different than the usual tragic hero. He seems to go through a change in the play and that change makes it so that Macbeth is no longer
If the assassination Could trammel up the consequences, and catch With his surcease success; that but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all here, But here, upon this bank and shoal of time, We’d jump the life to come. But in these cases We still have judgement here…” (Macbeth 1.7.1-8). Macbeth passes back and forth trying to justify his reason for killing Duncan. He wants to become the leader and King but he understand if everything does not work out perfectly he could be punished beyond measure. If there was no consequences he would assassinate Duncan with no worries but committing treason worries him.
When Macbeth rethinks killing Duncan he says “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself and falls on the other” (25-28). Macbeth has no reason to kill Duncan and admits that Duncan is a good king and that he wants to kill him just to have the power for himself. When Malcom finds Duncan’s body he says this in his rage “Gainst nature still! Thriftless ambition, that will ravin up thine own lives’ means! Then tis most like the sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth” (39-42).
/ All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (1.3.51-53). Although he does not completely believe the prophecies at first, it creates ambition and greed within Macbeth. Hearing that he will become king also inspires the thought of murder within him. After Ross and Angus tell Macbeth that he has been given the title of Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth says to himself, "Two truths are told / As happy prologues to the swelling act / Of the imperial theme" (1.3.140-142). At this point, Macbeth nearly entirely trusts the witch’s prophecies.
Here, Macbeth says that he will have to “oerleap,/For in my way it [Malcolm] it lies” (I, III, 55-57). Macbeth’s ambition is what is causing him to intervene with his prophecy and pursue his goal (rather than leave it to chance). In a way, it is Macbeth’s own “black and deep desires” that make him kill in the first place as the witches never tell him to do so. Furthermore, apart from ambition, it is Macbeth’s own weak will and moral system that causes him to do the actions that result in his downfall. Macbeth’s weak will is undeniable and is illustrated before killing Duncan.
(INSERT TITLE HERE) William Shakespeare’s seventeenth-century tragedy, “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” explicates the seemingly innocuous function of self-preservation and the way it dictates a gallant war-hero’s response towards both internal and external demands- Macbeth utilizes his primitive impulse of self-preservation as a way to respond to the demons he is confronted by; his inappropriate utilization of self-preservation prompts the untimely collapse of Macbeth’s physical, psychological and philosophical ruination. Subsequently, Macbeth’s noble disposition transposes into one that is ignoble; he follows the path of deceit, blood and enmity with those who placed their trust upon him. Additionally, Macbeth finds himself unable to respond to external and internal demands with pragmatic alternatives, but instead succumbs to this primordial impulse in an attempt to defy the demands he faces from both himself and society. Macbeth exacerbates the magnitude of the demands incumbent upon him by repeatedly adding coal to a burning
The aspects of Aristotle criteria has a definition to the tragedies combining the characteristics into Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Aristotle criteria is qualified for the supernatural values in Macbeth by making Macbeth having a weakness which is his pride. Macbeth was thane of Glamis and a brave soldier to Duncan which his purpose is to murder Duncan to gain his spot“noble Macbeth hath won”(I.II.78). Macbeth desire for power has clouded his incisiveness and he has no intents to kill Duncan. Macbeth was pushing his “vaulting ambitions …” (I.Vii.27) that blinded him to see his intents to killing Duncan.
Lady Macbeth responds, “screw your courage to the sticking place/And we’ll not fail.” (I.vii.70-71) Lady Macbeth believes that screwing Macbeth’s courage and bravery in place will help him get through the process of killing Duncan, and she believes courage is what will make him manly. For example, Lady Macbeth asks, “Art thou afeard/ To be the same in thine own act of valor/ As thou art in desire?” (I.vii.43-45). Lady Macbeth wonders if Macbeth is afraid to act the way he desires. She somewhat tricks Macbeth into thinking that he desires to be king, to make him want to continue with the plan, ultimately for her benefit of becoming queen and having a good social