MacBeth - Tragic Hero

MacBeth - Tragic Hero

The character of Macbeth is a classic example
of a Shakespearean tragic hero. There are many factors which contribute
to the degeneration of Macbeth of which three will be discussed. The three
points which contribute greatly to Macbeth\'s degeneration are the prophecy
which was told to him by the witches, how Lady Macbeth influenced and manipulated

Macbeth\'s judgment, and finally Macbeth\'s long time ambition which drove
his desire to be king. Macbeth\'s growing character degenerates from a noble
man to violent individual.

The prophecies which were told by the witches
were one of the factors which contributed to the degeneration of his character.

If it had not been for the witches telling him that he was to be Thane
of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis, and King of Scotland, Macbeth would still be
his ordinary self. As a result of the prophecies, this aroused Macbeth\'s
curiosity of how he could be King of Scotland. As the play progresses,

Macbeth slowly relies on the witches prophecies. Shakespeare uses the witches
as a remedy for Macbeth\'s curiosity which corrupts his character.

The influence of Macbeth\'s wife, Lady Macbeth
also contributed to his degeneration of character. Lady Macbeth\'s character
in the beginning reveals that she is a lovable person. When Lady Macbeth
was ready to kill King Duncan herself, it showed that Lady Macbeth could
not murder King Duncan because he reminded her of her father. This proves
that Lady Macbeth has a heart deep inside her. Lady Macbeth plays an important
role in this play because she provided a scheme which caused Macbeth to
assassinate King Duncan. After Macbeth had killed King Duncan, he later
regrets on his wrong doing. At the point of this play the audience can
note the change in Macbeth\'s character. Macbeth\'s first murder was a trying
experience for him, however after the first murder, killing seemed to be
the only solution to maintain his reign of the people of Scotland. Therefore,
it was Lady Macbeth who introduced the concept of murder to Macbeth.

Macbeth\'s ambition also influenced his
declining character. However, Macbeth\'s ambition had not been strong enough
to carry the motive to kill King Duncan. Lady Macbeth\'s influence also
comes in to play because if not for Lady Macbeth, his ambition would not
have been intensified enough to drive him to obtain and maintain his title
of King of Scotland no matter what it took, even if it meant murdering.

Macbeth\'s ambition influenced the cause of his new character. This new
character of Macbeth contained greed, violence, and power hunger. Macbeth
shows this when he kills King Duncan.

In conclusion, the prophecies given to
him by the witches, Lady Macbeth\'s influence and plan, and his intensified
ambition, all contributed greatly to his degeneration of character which
resulted to his downfall...death. Therefore Macbeth character displays
strong signs of a tragic hero, making him the ideal classic example.