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A Timeline of Macbeth's Development as a Tragic Hero

  • Jun 2, 1111

    Macbeth is portrayed as a significant, exceptional being

    Macbeth is portrayed as a significant, exceptional being
    "The merciless Macdonald - Worthy to be a rebel, for to that The multiplying villainies of nature. Do swarm upon him - from the western Isles of kern and galloglasses is suplied, And Fortune on his damned quarrel smiling, show'd like a rebel's whore. But all's too weak, For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name - Disdaining Fortune, with his brandish'd sheel, which smok'd with bloody executin" (1, 2, 9-18) .
  • Jun 2, 1111

    Macbeth is portrayed as a significant, exceptional being

    Macbeth is portrayed as a significant, exceptional being
    The previous pasage is significant because the captain of the Scottish army is praising Macbeth (calling him brave and worthy of recognition). This shows that Macbeth is significant and appreciated.
  • Jun 7, 1111

    Macbeth possesses a tragic flaw which brings him to ruin.

    Macbeth possesses a tragic flaw which brings him to ruin.
    "That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition which o'erleaps itself and falls on th'other"(1.7.25-28)
  • Jun 7, 1111

    Macbeth possesses a tragic flaw which brings him to ruin

    Macbeth possesses a tragic flaw which brings him to ruin
    Macbeth is stating that he has no reason to kill other than ambition and wanting to be king. He is clearly stating his tragic flaw by saying he has ambition and is greedy for more power.
  • Jun 7, 1111

    The downfall of Macbeth results in pity and sympathy

    The downfall of Macbeth results in pity and sympathy
    "We will proceed no further in this business"... "Was the hope drunk. Wherein you dress'd yourself? Hath it slept since? And wakes it now to look so green and pale At what it did so freely" (1, 7, 31, 36-38). In this quotation, Lady Macbeth is pressuring Macbeth into his downfall. This produces pity and sympathy for Macbeth because before this point, it seemed as if he was still an exceptional being. The audience also sympathises for Macbeth because they respected him before this event.
  • Macbeth's flaw starts a cycle of disasters

    Macbeth's flaw starts a cycle of disasters
    " I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise? I heard the owl scream and the cricket cry. Did not you speak? " (2, 2, 14-16). This quotation supports the theory that Macbeth affected the great chain of being when he exercised his tragic flaws (ambition and greed). It says that Owl's were screaming & crickets were crying after he killed the king. These are signs of foul deaths.
  • The character tends to universalize

    The character tends to universalize
    "Still it cried, 'Sleep no more' to all the house; 'Glamis hath murder'd sleep', and therefore cawdor shall sleep no more;macbeth shall sleep no more"(2.2.44-46) Macbeth has realized after the murder that no one in the house (meaning everyone) is no longer going to be able to sleep including himself. Everyone in the society is going to be affected by the Kings death.
  • The death of the main character is significant.

    The death of the main character is significant.
    "O I could play the woman with mine eyes and braggart with my tongue. But gentle heavens, cut short all intermission. Front to front bring thou this fiend of Scotand and myself; within my sword's length set him. if he scape, Heaven forgive him too. (4.3.233-238)
  • The death of the main character is signifcant

    The death of the main character is signifcant
    Macduff is saying that he could act like a woman and weep or act like a man and stand up to Macbeth. Macduff wants to kill Macbeth, the fiend of Scotland to restore peace. This proves that the death of Macbeth is significant.