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Macbeth as a tragic hero

The play Macbeth, written by Shakespeare is a tragedy. Tragedy is the most moving genre in plays. In a tragedy there is a big difference between good and evil, and there is an occurrence of pleasure and suffering. In this play the evils are portrayed by Macbeth and his followers and the good by Malcom, Macduff, Ross and Siward. All tragedies contain a tragic hero. A tragic hero is someone with a potential for greatness, posses a fatal flaw which leads to his downfall and suffering. In the play Macbeth, Macbeth is a tragic hero because he fulfils the criteria for being one.
Macbeth has a high status in Scotland. He is the thane of Glamis and cousin to the King, Duncan. Macbeth fights bravely for King and country. His Captain also commends on Macbeth's fighting, when he says, "Yes, as sparrows eagles, or the hare the lion. If I say sooth, I must report they were as cannons overcharged with double cracks" (I, II).Macbeth is likened here to an eagle, a lion and an overcharged cannon, as this shows his power and how great he is on the battle field. Macbeth defeats Macdonwald in war and then deals with a second assault successfully. Macbeth fights well and fiercely. Ross confirms this when he makes this comment "Till that Bellona's bridegroom" (I, III). This means that Macbeth can be the bridegroom of Bellona, the goddess of war. Her bridegrooms are normally the fiercest of warriors, so being likened to one of them is an honor. Duncan shows utmost respect and approval of Macbeth when he says this, "O valiant cousin, worthy gentlemen!" (I, II). The evidence of the admiration which Duncan has for Macbeth, is when he gives him his new title, thane of Cawdor.
Macbeth's potential for greatness is also shown in his close and loving relationship with his wife, who he deeply respects "my dearest partner of greatness"(I, IV). Macbeth eagerly shares his good fort


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