Macbeth: Tragic HeroIn the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, we discover that
Macbeth is a tragic hero. Macbeth is very ambitious, courageous,
and a moral coward: all these things lead to his tragic death at
the end of the play.
At the beginning of the play, Shakespeare defines Macbeth as a
hero very clearly. From the courages in defense of Scotland is
significant in the opening scene. However, he is very ambitious
to be king. At the beginning of the play, he was loyal to the
king. While he did imagine of murder his mind rejects it and
said, "Why, if fate will have me king, why, chance may crown me,"
- Act I, Sc 3, p.44-45.
Yet increasingly his ambition defeated his good nature. When
Duncan named Malcolm the Prince of Cumberland, Macbeth decided on
the murder of Duncan. When Duncan arrived at Inverness, Macbeth
controled his ambition for the time being and did not kill
Duncan. The failing of his decision was soon reflected by Lady
Macbeth who called him a coward. From then on, after the murder
of Duncan, Macbeth entered into a life of evil.
Since he overcomed his good nature, he no longer needed to be with
his friend Banquo. He wanted to protect his ambition, by killing
the king, and now he killed Banquo, due to the prediction of what
the witches said about Banquo's son becoming the king. Macbeth
wanted to ensure that he would reach his ambition withoutproblems.
Macbeth, who now no longer needed any encouragement from Lady
Macbeth, started to leave her in ignorance of his plans. Near the
end of the play, Lady Macbeth sleepwalked and had a dream about
the killing of Duncan and Banquo. She died because of all this
pressure and her guilt about the murder. Soul of Macbeth have
been destroyed since Macbeth love Lady Macbeth very much, as shown
in Act I, Sc. 5, p.58, "My Dearest Love."
The power of nemesis is shown clearly at the end of the play when
Macduff came back to murder Macbeth. Macbeth would never have
guessed that Macduff would come back for revenge for the killing
in Macduff's household. This nemesis shows an additional force
beyond Macbeth's control. Because of Macbeth's strong beliefs in
ambition and the witches, when he found out Macduff was not born
of woman, and also found out the Birnam Wood had been seen moving,
he realized that the third apparition had deceived him and he
understood he was no longer safe.
Through the development of this tragedy, Macbeth has turned
from a fine natured person to an evil person. His ambition,
strong belief in the witches, has brought him to a tragic end of his
life, and caused many people to lose their lives.