Macbeth as a tragic hero essays
Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth"
One day, a wealthy businessman with a lovely life meets a strange old woman on a street who says that she'd make him a millionaire if he only bet money on a certain racing horse. Being tempted by what he heard, he soon gets involved in gambling. When he starts losing his money he panics but realizes it is too late to turn back. Soon after, he loses all of his possessions and he regrets listening to the strange woman. This man is referred to as a "Tragic hero" and so is Macbeth in the Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth". Macbeth possesses the three major factors to be a tragic hero of a story. First he starts as a famed, wealthy, and honored general and ends up experiencing downfall, second he has a crucial tragic flaw which is a weakness in his character that leads him to disaster, and third he gets persuaded by the circumstances around him, which combine to make him the victim of a flaw rather than his own willingness. Macbeth is an obvious tragic hero of Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth".
According to Aritotle, a renowned Greek philosopher, a tragic hero most effectively evokes the reader's pity if he suffers a change in fortune from happiness to misery. It is one of Shakespeare's methods to evoke the audiences' pity by showing a wealthy, famed, and fortunate man suffering a downfall. At the beginning of the book, Macbeth wins a battle against Norwegians and gets greatly honored and famed by the lords of Scotland and the King Duncan. He is Duncan's favorite general and a servant. Duncan's trust and favor towards Macbeth is shown in Act 1 when Duncan praises Macbeth and gives him the title of the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth now holds a position of power, wealth, fortune, honor, and is loved by his king. It is difficult to imagine this person becoming a mad serial killer and a traitor all of a sudden and meeting