Machbet as a Tragic Hero
English and Literature
Submitted By laura74
Macbeth as a tragic hero
Macbeth is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, that is set in Scotland and is believed to have been written around 1606. Macbeth is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy, and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth that let himself conducted by a consuming ambition that leads him to a tragic end. The play dramatizes effects produced when evil is chosen as a way to fulfill the ambition for power .
Before we can tell if Macbeth is it, or not a tragic hero, we must to know what the traditionally definition says about that that: Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher, a tragic hero is a literary character who make judgement errors that inevitably leads to his/her destruction. The hero also must to fallow certain characteristics that we have attached on a separate sits that the teacher gave to us and is named : Characteristics of a Shakespearean tragic hero. There are about 14 condition that one tragic hero should have. I will try to give examples for all this characteristics that i believe that Macbeth have and he is the perfect tragic hero.
Macbeth was born a Scottish nobleman who was a recognized solider with an appetite for his opposing enemy`s blood in order to protect his country and gain his valor. At the start of the play, we were introduced to Macbeth by the injured sergeant recount about Macbeth war-time battlefield valor and heroics, so we were given an impression that the main protagonist was supposed to be a brave, courageous and capable warrior who would risk anything to defend his country, his physical courage proved to be a good side to him:
“ For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name—
Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel,
Which smoked with bloody execution,
Like valor’s minion carved out his passage
Till he faced the slave;
Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell...