Macbeth's Development of a Tragic Hero

By lizkae
  • Jun 2, 1111

    Macbeth as Hero

    Macbeth as Hero
    "But all's too weak,
    for brave Macbeth-- well he deserves that name--
    Disdaining Fortune, with his brandish'd steel,
    Which smok'd with bodily execution,
    Like Valour's minion carv'd out his passage"(1.3.15-19). Macbeth is a declaired as a war hero. He is loyal to his wife, close friends and loyal to his king at this point. He is being honoured for his hard work as a soldier and for his brave actions he is becoming the Thane of Cawdor.
  • Jun 3, 1111

    Macbeth's inperfections/flaws

    Macbeth's inperfections/flaws
    "Stay you inperfect speakers. Tell me more.
    By Finel's death, I know I am the Thane of Glamis,
    But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives
    A prosperous gentleman, and to be king
    Stands not within the prospect of belief,
    No more than to be Cawdor"(1.3.69-73). This shows Macbeth has flaws through him wanting to find out more about the whiches prophecy of him becoming the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth is very eager and determined to make these prophecys come true.
  • Flaw's leading to Actions

    Flaw's leading to Actions
    "I go and it is done. The bell invites me.
    Hear it not, Duncan, for its a knell
    that summons thee to heaven or to hell "
    (2, 1, 62-64) Macbeth acts on his tradgic flaw by murdering his king Duncan, through ambition, He does have second thoughts about this decision but still acts anyways. The excercise of this tradgic flaw starts a series of disasters such as earthquakes, Animals attacting eachother , and powerful storms.
  • Macbeths universal implications

    Macbeths universal implications
    "They must lie there.Go carry them and smear
    Teh sleepy grooms with blood."
    "I'll go no more.
    I am afraid to think what i have done;
    Look on't again, I dare not"(2.2.52-55)
    In this quotation after Macbeth kills king Duncan, He is upset and fragile with putting the daggers in place. He realizes what he does is bad, but believes that power rules over regret.
  • Macbeth's downfall

    Macbeth's downfall
    "Wash your hands,put your night-gown on,look not so
    pale. I will tell you yet again,Banquo's buried; he cannot
    come out on's grave"(5.1.54-56). In this quotation, Lady macbeth is speaking to the doctor and gentlewomen about how Macbeth and herself had killed alot of people.This is a downfall of pity for Macbeth because Lady macbeth is going crazy and telling people about the nasty deeds they have done. Once Lady macbeth kills herself it is also a downfall because now all the blame is on macbeth
  • Macbeth's Death

    Macbeth's Death
    "Yet I will try the last.Before my body,
    I throw my warlike shield.Lay on,Macduff,
    And damn'd be him that first cries,'Hold, enough!'"(5.9.31-33). In this quotation Macduff is about to slay Macbeth, it is important to the tragic hero development because it is the moment of truth for both Macduff and Macbeth. They fight a long hard battle until Macduff cuts off Macbeths head. This is a sacrafice because it is the way to restore Scotlands land as Macbeth dies and Malcolm becomes king.