Macbeth's Elements of a Tragic Hero

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Event Date: Event Title: Event Description:
Knight 2nd Jun, 1111 Macbeth is an exceptional being In this quote the Captain praises Macbeth to Duncan about the battle they have just fought and won. He portrays characteristics of being a brave, loyal and a trustworthy person to Scotland and the king. These characteristics lead him to obtain the title of being the Thane of Cawdor requested by Duncan (the king of Scotland). "For brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name- Distaining Fortune, with his branish'd steel, Which smok'd with bloody execution, Like Valour's minion carv'd out his passage"
Macbeth%20ambition 3rd Jun, 1111 Macbeth’s Tragic Flaw In this quote Macbeth shows a tragic flaw by being too curious about the prophecies the witches told him. This flaw leads to his ambition and eventually to his tragic downfall in the play. “Stay you imperfect speakers. Tell me more. By finel’s death, I know I am Thane of Glamis, But how of Cawdor” (Act 1 Scene 3 Line 68-70).
Macbeth%20wife 7th Jun, 1111 Macbeth’s Weakness In this quote Macbeth shows a flaw of being easily manipulated by Lady Macbeth’s attacks towards his manly hood. “When you durst do it, then you were a man. And to be more than what you were, you would Be so much more the man” (Act 1 Scene 7 Line 48-51). As her husband, Macbeth will be easily affected opposed to anyone else. Macbeth is afraid of killing the king since everyone in Scotland adores the king.
Heaven hell   101 Macbeth Relates to the Universe In this quote Macbeth relates to the universe by relating to heaven and hell. “I go and is done. The bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell.” (Act 2 Scene 1 Line 62-64). He understands that his actions of murdering Duncan will lead him to hell and that Duncan will go to heaven. He uses the universe to emphasize how he feels towards his actions which also adds to this plays tragedy.
Owl%20and%20hawk The “Great Chain of Being” Being Affected This quote explains how the outside world is being affected by Macbeth’s actions of murdering Duncan. “Tis natural, Even like the deed that’s done. On Tuesday last, A falcon tow’ ring in her pride of place Was by a mousing owl hawk’d at and kill’d” (Act 2 Scene 4 Line 11-13). This quote describes what is happening to the great chain of being where everything including the animals are being disturbed and acting unaccordingly such as an owl taking a hawk as its prey.
Betray Macbeth’s Men Betray Him In this quote Malcolm informs Siward about what happened between the English and Scottish armies. “We have met with foes That strike beside us”. (Act 5 Scene 7 Line 30). He explains that Macbeth’s army betrayed him and did not wish to go against their English army. This quote shows pathos towards Macbeth since his own army went against him and decided to join forces with England.
Macbeth%20death Macbeth’s Death In this quote Macduff has slained Macbeth that leads to a restoration of peace to Scotland and free of Macbeth’s evil. “Hail, King, for so thou art. Behold where stands Th’usurper’s cures head. The time is free. I see thee compass’d with thy kingdom’s pearl,”. (Act 5 Scene 9 Line 21-23). From Macbeth’s death, the chain of being will now be restored since the evil king will no longer be in command but Duncan’s son Malcolm will.
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2nd Jun, 1111
4th Jun, 1111
Macbeth is an exceptional being (Act 1 Scene 2 Line 16-19).
3rd Jun, 1111
4th Jun, 1111
Macbeth’s Tragic Flaw (2) He shows curiosity about the prophecies because the witches tell him good things towards his fate. This also foreshadows a hint of his greed by being more interested in these prophecies since they tell him about the power he will achieve.
7th Jun, 1111
8th Jun, 1111
Macbeth’s Weakness Also, since he loves his wife very much, he does not want to disappoint her that also adds to his temptation to kill the king.

Macbeth’s Death (2) This is significant in the play because it shows that his death is a crucial part in restoring Scotland's peace.