Friday, January 23. 2009
Is Macbeth a tragic figure?
You can easily see how he isn't one. Yet you can also see that he is.
Which one is he? Which term describes him more accurately?
Your response to "Is Macbeth a tragic figure?" will hinge on a variety of factors - your personal definition of tragedy as it compares to the "dictionary definition" of the term, your emotional and logical responses to Macbeth's actions, your connection to the character, your degree of sympathy or empathy, your understanding of his motives and his character, your comprehension of the various relationships Macbeth establishes (and the deceit he arranges soon after becoming king), your recognition of the possibilities life afforded him before and after each choice...I could go on, but you get the picture.
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My definition of a tragic character is that they must be pitiable. Macbeth is a tragic figure because deep down, humans are all compassionate creatures that are inherently good. This is the reason movies can tug at our heart strings and why we glorify the hero. While you can argue that society molds us to do “good” things it is us that ultimately decide whether or not to follow them, and more often than not we do.
Macbeth begins the story as a brave hero and in the end was dragged down by the hands of evil. He fell under the influence of the darkness and evil in the hearts of others, such as the Wyrd Sisters and Lady Macbeth, who were powerless to bring their own ambitions to fruition. They plant the seeds of evil in Macbeth’s mind and bait his ambition with their forked tongues. During the Duncan assassination we see that Macbeth’s mind and soul get ripped apart by the unnatural evil that he wrought as he is wracked with guilt. We even see him try and bail, he went about the deed as if he wanted to be stopped. In the aftermath of the deed the good that was in Macbeth was torn away and replaced with evil. Macbeth became sleep deprived, had frequent hallucinations, and felt no remorse for any of his paranoia-driven, unjustified violence. It’s a great pity to see the best of us fall from such heights.
Macbeth is also a tragic figure because Macbeth’s life transformed into a constant battlefield. Although, he brought this upon himself, but we’ve all done things we regret. Macbeth just did something of a higher magnitude. After the deed, he was never able to rest at ease when anyone was around, in his mind there were enemies at every corner. He couldn’t even be at peace with his wife knowing how treacherous she was at heart. Imagine ruling over a kingdom and not possessing a single loyal subject: his soldiers deserted him, his wife is evil, and half the country is plotting a rebellion against him. Even Beowulf had Wiglaf who stood by his side as he fought the dragon and the fall of the Golden Age. Macbeth foolishly decided to violently ascend to the throne and had to stare down the barrel of a flailing country with no one to trust, no one to share his burden. Macbeth ended up having everything, yet he had nothing at all. He held the power of the throne and all those he ruled, yet he did not hold their trust, their loyalty. It’s like waking up to Christmas and opening up your gifts to find that nothing was within. You have to pity the fool.
Macbeth is a tragic figure even though he does so many bad things that are not forgivable. He becomes the new king after he kills King Duncan and he gets what he wants. However, he is not happy at all. He needs to worry about his future since the witches say Banquo’s children will be the king. He needs to king hi friend and his son but the son escape, leaving the prophecy possible. He also needs to be aware of Macduff. He is tortured by his consciousness that is buried deep inside him, and he could not sleep. He loses everything at the end, and he is the only one to blame. What a poor man he is.
American poet John Greenleaf Whittier said that “For of all words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’” Regret is the most tragic thing in this world. Macbeth never shows his regret in this play and he even says that it is better to keep going instead of backing up since he has gone this far and there is no choice left for him. Macbeth is an honorable man as the thane of Glamis and a brave hero. He is satisfied with his life before he meets the witches. What if he never hears what the witches say or ignores the prophecies? I think his life may be boring but it is safe. That makes me feel sorry for him.
Macbeth is not a tragic figure in my view because he doesn’t deserve anything good. His ignorant and hubris attitude led him to die. In the beginning, we saw him as the “brave and courageous” person who helped his country until the end. As the play went on, he became a more and more hideous person. Although he didn’t really want to kill Duncan, he still did. Not only did he not try to stop his wife from convincing him, but after he kills Duncan, he continues killing more innocent people. At first, we think that he’s so innocent because it was his wife’s entire fault and none of his that Duncan died. But that is only the beginning. After Macbeth kills Duncan, he hires people to kill Banquo and Fleance. Macbeth is easily influenced and doesn’t really have his own ideas. But as of now, he knows that people who have a threat to him must die. It is like in the beginning, he has a pure red heart and his heart slowly turns black because of all the bad things he does. Like his heart is rotting and in the end his heart is rotting so bad that he dies. Just like how we have to throw a rotten apple away.
Because he killed all the people, he is not a tragic figure. He has a bad heart. I mean if we do something bad like cheating, it’s ok. Everyone cheats, I’m not saying like cheat on a test I mean cheat on homework and other stuff. We can regret because we cheated and just redo everything to make up for it, but killing a person? That’s not right. No one should deserve pity for killing someone, even though they were forced into it. Before, in a discussion, I picked Lady Macbeth as the more evil one, but as I went on reading to book, I switch my views. Lady Macbeth has wrongs too, but she is not the one doing the action. Macbeth was the one doing the action. Usually the one doing the action has a bigger punishment in court. Macbeth could of stopped himself. I mean he’s old enough to know what’s right or wrong. The fact that he basically misinterprets everything that the witches say is so ridiculous and arrogant. He turned everything into everything he wanted to hear and not think about what the witches actually meant. So in the end, he deserves what he got. It’s like too bad, it’s what he get for a resolution for arrogance.
Tragedy, unexpected successes usually know for being bad for those who experience them. However a tragedy is not just that, it involves that this success was not brought on the person/s who experience it. Usually we know that a tragedy is something that leaves us thinking about it as something that should have not happened. Macbeth is somehow related to this, because according to the prophecies we hear from the witches, we don’t really expect Macbeth to be murdered, after all, who would expect that an entire forest moved from one place to an other? However we are proved wrong when the attack from Malcom reaches the forces of Macbeth.
The play of Macbeth is definitely a tragedy, many people die and many of them being innocent people. However, Macbeth himself does not represent a tragedy to my point of view. He made people miserable while trying to get what he wanted, and because of the way he took his choices he ended up being miserable himself. He was murdered because of revenge, however it was just a matter of time for that to happen, after all his actions someone was obviously going to kill Macbeth, Macduff just represented that one person.
Since Macbeth did wrong since he got power, he represents an evil person to my point of view. Even though evil persons should have the chance to redeem themselves, I didn’t really expect Macbeth to change his way at any moment. His dead doesn’t represent a tragedy, on the contrary; it represents the freedom of that nation and justice being accounted.
Macbeth was intended to be a tragic figure. In order for a tragic character to be created, we first must have a seemingly heroic or “good” figure. Macbeth starts off as the thane of Glamis. He is one of the greatest warriors in Scotland, who earns the king’s complete trust. Eventually, he even becomes promoted to the thane of Cawdor. At this point, Macbeth has pretty much what every man in Scotland desires: power, fame, wealth, etc. Yet upon hearing the witch’s prophecy, risks everything that he has in order to increase his stature. Macbeth’s ambition drives him to the point of degenerating from a nobleman to a violent brigand. No matter how we look at it, we pity Macbeth for his foolish mistakes.
Macbeth’s decline is caused by a number of things, mainly his ambition. However, his ambition only ignites his downfall, as it is only after he has heard the prophecies does he begin to take action. Macbeth just loses his mind after Duncan’s murder. He begins to hallucinate, seeing ghosts. Soon after, he is unable to comprehend or to do anything on his own. He constantly goes back to the witch sisters and asks for advice when in reality he is asking them on what to do next. We do not pity Macbeth because he is a murderer; we pity him as a nobleman who degenerates into a poor, pathetic sack who can’t even think on his own.
Macbeth is a tragic figure for many reasons. When the play begins, he takes on an innocent role, a Thane who wants to do better for his country. This automatically leads the audience to think that he just might be like this throughout the whole play; I mean, why would he change into the opposite kind of character? Well that’s exactly what he ends up doing. Seeing that he is a man, you would think that he would make his own choices, but he often lets Lady Macbeth choose for him. This is not an excuse for all the dirty work he performed in the play. He slowly but surely turns into a full-time murderer. His whole life eventually becomes all about killing people in order to be king.
Duncan’s murder was of course not entirely all his idea. Lady Macbeth pushed the plot of his murder to the edge, but Macbeth is the one who committed the crime. Because of this promising murder plot, Macbeth has to continue killing people just to cover up his murder of King Duncan. Rom this point on, Macbeth becomes more and more of a tragic character. He doesn’t know how to handle this situation either. When he eventually becomes king, he finds himself not happy, isolated from most. He obviously brings this on himself because of his wrong doings. In the end, he is, without a doubt, the most tragic character in the play. I guess you can call him a huge disappointment. He was supposed to be a loyal Thane, but we all see what he becomes.
Macbeth is truly the tragic character in this play, and possibly one of the most tragic characters in all of literature. Macbeth starts off as an ambitious warrior who wishes to serve his country well. He shows this because before he kills Duncan, he hesitates greatly thinking that he is Duncan’s trusted warrior and that Macbeth must serve his country well. His ambition to reach a higher status with a prophecy spins him in a tragic rollercoaster downward to his death. He learns that he can possibly be king and his wife pushes him to kill his own king. Macbeth struggles with this murderous thought but ultimately, his wife pushes him to do it. He kills Duncan and his life begins to fall apart.
First, Macbeth begins to kill people and is unable to stop believing that it would be harder to stop murdering rather than to continue murdering. Scotland falls apart under his command and even nature, symbolized by the apparition, turns against him. Macbeth seems to have everything go wrong against him when his wife commits suicide because of overwhelming guilt. Macbeth also sees hallucinations that drive him mad and finally is given false hope by the witches which Macbeth realizes at the last second when Macduff decapitate him. All these things went wrong to Macbeth simply because Macbeth was slightly overly ambitious, which at times can be good; this shows great tragedy in a truly innocent character.
Also, Macbeth is tragic because of his wife’s ambition. Macbeth most likely would’ve walked away from the idea of murdering Duncan and he would live a good life with no misfortune. However, Lady Macbeth pushes Macbeth to the point where Macbeth isn’t even making his own choices, but rather Lady Macbeth is making all the choices for him. This is a tragic book showing a character who had good intentions bring about a country’s and his own death.
I feel the actions that Macbeth displays put him towards the title of a tragic figure. He also undergoes a minor “brain washing” aspect as he is encouraged by these hatred acts committed. If it was not for lady Macbeth do give him encouragement to killing then whom? He does not kill because his mind nor heart says to but for the acceptance of other which comes easy when accessing power. He is a tragic figure more accurately than not. I feel the definition not “like or characteristic of tragedy; bringing great harm, suffering, etc.; calamitous, disastrous, fatal, etc.” But a situation one person does not puts themselves in, by which causing a terrible acts where this person is left with regret/guilt. In other words I view tragic figures or events are not viewed as planned out by action/figures that are spontaneous. They catch us when we are not looking; we are weak and venerable mentally.
I feel terrible that Macbeth has been played as a puppet but of choice; he had to in order to please/satisfy the wife. I feel the utmost sympathy because he is clearly not in charge of his own mental state. His motivations consist of pleasing others, gaining power and fallowing his ambitions (the prophecies). I think Macbeth looks for assurance from Lady Macbeth because he wants her to think that he also has power in society. His promotions are no longer enough, he becomes greedy and wants the thrown as she has longed for ultimate power over society. He only goes through with his actions after being encouraged by lady Macbeth.
I believe that MacBeth is a tragic figure, without a doubt. Even though things were in control for him, he got so lost in everything that I believe that he was actually not in control of his own life. First it is his wife that manipulates him and taunts him of his manhood that messes everything up, then everything else started to crumble in his world. It may have seemed like it was what was coming for him, with all of his bad decisions, but in the end, he stands alone before his death and that is truly tragic. Come to think of it, I think that everything that happened to MacBeth started out in his control and then slowly but surely slipped through his hands and was no longer in his control. He looses himself to his own inner demons so much that his character just changes, it is no longer him. MacBeth is no longer MacBeth, just a man who can control himself and commits dangerous, treacherous things that leads to his own destruction.
Like in the text and like what Mr. Feraco said, MacBeth is in so deep that is it worth turning back? MacBeth had control of the situation until he was in too deep, when it was out of his control and that was when I believe the story truly turned into a tragedy. He kills and he kills and until everyone around him is dead, at least to him. Once his own killings started, the friendships or at least loyalties to him died as everyone came to realize/suspect of his killing. At the end of the book, MacBeth is alone, then slayed, then paraded, you cant help but feel bad for him, at least a little, even if he did so many bad things. We don’t laugh or smile much at the end of the story, we feel sad, and we feel like something tragic just happened. It is sad how everything turned out, how MacBeth lost control and never even tried to redeem himself. MacBeth just keeps going and going and going until there is no more going left.
I think that Macbeth truly is a tragic figure. When we were first introduced to him in the play, he was "brave Macbeth," noble, loyal, and respected by all. He started out as a heroic figure, but eventually spiraled down from there. He is conscientiously aware of his actions and consequences, but his weakness is that he is easily manipulated by his wife. Macbeth came across a fork in the road, and he obviously decided to walk down the wrong path. He feels guilt for murdering Duncan and Banquo, which shows that he still somewhat has a heart, soul, and a conscience. Macbeth could have turned back and try to redeem himself, but he never did. All the power and prophecies of the witches were just feeding his pride and he lost control. He even says in that play that he's too far stepped into blood that he can't turn back.
It's really tragic that he started off living a really great and balanced life, but he risked it all to selfishly become king. The witches told him that he would be king one day, but never mentioned how or when. This led to his curiosity, then eventually to his downfall. It's also quite tragic that he has so much power as the king of Scotland, but yet, he also has nothing at all. Macbeth is seen as a tyrant to his people, he cannot trust anyone at all, and he is so fearful of everything around him. His conscience literally eats him alive. This play is really quite sad. No family can live without losing a loved one, someone always has to die - or so it seems. Macbeth eventually loses everyone and everything that was one of importance. Even his wife commits suicide because her guilt took over her. Though we feel that Macbeth may have deserved all that happened him because of his actions, at the same time, I kind of feel bad and pity him in a way because he definitely could have prevented all of it from happening.
Macbeth is an extremely tragic figure. We see how he goes from someone with power, fame—basically the epitome of what I consider the “American Dream” to someone despicable. Someone who I cannot respect because he lets everything he’s worked hard for slip through his fingers. He kills many people throughout the book. However, the worst part is that Macbeth kills those close to him. He kills Banquo, his trustworthy friend, Duncan, his king, and even people he doesn’t know who have done no harm to him. Macbeth’s demise is sad in that, it can happen to anyone. We see that one thing lead to another, one choice lead to a consequence, a consequence to another choice, etc. Therefore, it’s also easy say that if Macbeth didn’t kill Duncan, then he wouldn’t be bad. But I guess we’ll never know.
People say Macbeth really wasn’t a bad person, he was just pressured into killing. However, this really isn’t the case. Who could have pressured him? Lady Macbeth, the Weird Sisters? I guess you could say that, but we constantly learn in school that there is a big difference between peer pressure, and the right thing to do. Macbeth fell under pressure to the pressure, which I guess I could understand may not have been his fault. But, we see that once he kills one person, it gets easier and easier for him to kill others. Now… whose fault is that? It’s sad because, even in this day and age I see people who go under the same sort of tragic life. Someone makes a wrong choice of joining a gang however, and within a couple years I see them turn into criminals. Doing whatever they must to fit in and hide what else they have done. This is exactly what Macbeth does. Macbeth is truly a tragic figures because, in the end, he is left with nothing. He is the epitome of what could happen with one wrong mistake.
Macbeth began the book as and honorable warrior, a great human being who commands respect and fights for his country and his king valiantly. However, by the end of the book, he has deteriorated from being the epitome of greatness, to becoming the worst of scum. Macbeth should not be seen as a villain; rather, we should look at him with pity, because he is a fallen champion, a person who fell into darkness. Through the words of the witches’ prophecy, Macbeth is essentially led to the fruit of the forbidden tree, and he unknowingly consumes it.
In my book, great heroes who drop deep into darkness are tragic characters. Macbeth definite fits this description. From the murder of Duncan, which was the first on -screen murder we see from Macbeth, it is easy to tell that he has a conscience. He is devastated by the murder, so much so that he cannot even complete the deed. We know that Macbeth would not have committed murder without the guidance of the prophecy, as well as Lady Macbeth. He is haunted in his dreams, haunted when he is awake – basically, his life becomes a living nightmare. We see the sad life that Macbeth has to live through. He cannot trust, his country is in shambles, his own men turn against him, and he is powerless to stop anyway of this. Because of these problems, we should feel pity for Macbeth. We seem him become both powerful and powerless at the same time.
I do understand why Macbeth would want to make the words of the prophecy come true. He saw a chance to rise up in the world, and he decided to grab it. Power is tempting to people. However, his actions were not well thought out. Macbeth takes the first part of the prophecy to heart, but he devotes the rest of his time in a futile attempt to control his fate against the prophecy’s will. If what the witches said HAD to come true, what good were Macbeth’s efforts? We see that Macbeth’s life has become worthless; he is trying to stop something that he can NOT stop.
As I look up the word “tragedy” online, I found it to mean “a drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with unfavorable circumstances.” Now of course this tragedy is only one type of definition and is referring to characters in literary works, but I found it to be the roots of all its other definitions. Macbeth, by definition, is a tragic hero. In the beginning of the book we are amazed by his achievements. We know, by the comparison to the Dane of Thawdor, that he is honest respectful man but in a matter of a few pages, we see him change into something despicable. He had everything and yet risks it all in the name of greed, love, and power, his tragic flaws.
Now my definition of tragedy isn’t that far off. In fact, it is based on the real dictionary definition. When I think of tragedy, I see it as something as a life wasted, talents wasted. To me, it is the worst thing to happen to a person and to the world is if someone who was capable of doing so much more dies. It would be tragic if Michelangelo or if Ben Franklin suddenly dies. Not only would the cultural achievements be tarnished but the impact they had on all forms of life would be devastating to the modern world. Macbeth, according to my definition, is a tragic hero. I can sense he had the potential to make a difference and yet ruins it. He could have help Duncan with his new position as the Dane of Thawdor to flourish Scotland into a new empire or he could have protected Scotland against any invaders, especially the Norwegians. He could have done this and more but wasted it when he sold his soul to the devil.
A hero symbolizes everything a good person stands for. Without any heroes for us to look for, we become lost and confuse. This is another thing I felt bad for Macbeth. Once a capable strong man, diminished into a child who literally had no freedom to think for himself. I was deeply disappointed in how Macbeth easily succumbed to his wife, so easily to give up his ethics and morals. Although he is a tragic character in my definition as well as the dictionary’s definition, I can honestly say that he deserved it. I am sad of what is lost but what is done is done and he deserved the consequences.
A definition of a tragic figure is a dreadful person. I believe Macbeth is a tragic figure. However, he listens to his wife, so he killed Duncan. Lady Macbeth wanted power so she asks Macbeth to kill Duncan, so he can be king. At first Macbeth do not want to kill Duncan but Lady Macbeth as him if he is a man or not. Therefore, at the end he killed Duncan. After Duncan’s death, he killed other people. He killed Banquo because he thinks he will tell other people that he killed Duncan, and his son will one day be the king. Macbeth killed Banquo because of greediness. He does not want Banquo’s son to be king so he killed Banquo, so he will not have a son that will be king.
At first, you cannot tell if Macbeth is a tragic figure, because Macbeth is a carful and a nice person. But as the story goes on, he was a good guy to a evil guy. He started killing others and he could not sleep. He changed so much that his wife, Lady Macbeth was worried about him. At the end, he realizes that all of his men betrayed him and join the other side to defeat him. There he realizes that everything that he own was gone. He committee suicide because he had nothing left. Lady Macbeth also committee suicide because she could not take the fact that she is not “clean.” I believe that at the end he realizes that he was wrong, and he realizes that he did so many bad things. He deicide to change that is a good thing. But I believe he was too late to change, he killed so many people and hurt many people as well.
A tragic figure to me is someone who had everything and lost it all. Macbeth, to me, IS a tragic figure. In the beginning, he starts out loyal, honest, brave, intelligent, and trustworthy. Basic attributes of a hero no? But right after Act I, he starts to make bad decisions. He starts listening to his wife tell him something that goes against his morals (even though he was thinking of it before she told him to). He ends up killing the king, and even more people. He went from a man who has everything, to a man that lost it all. I'd say that he's pretty tragic.
Though he does everything wrong right after Act I, I think i could understand why he does what he does. He wants the position of a king. The title will give him a sense of power. He doesn't realize that his position gives him power and more satisfaction. He never really thought through the consequences when he does something. He starts to murder people, one after another. His own guilt/fear of being caught scares him silly, destroying his ability to trust. He's not really a bad guy, he just doesn't think before he acts.
In my perspective, I believe that Macbeth is a tragic figure. After all the crime he commits, regardless of prophecy or Lady Macbeth, he cannot realize his own mistake. Even when he knows that he doing wrong, he ignores the fact. Knowing the truth and chose not to face it is the saddest thing in the world. In real life, when a friend dies, people decide to not believe that they are because they loved them too much. As a result, people will live only in their own world or ignorance. I do give sympathy to Macbeth because he cannot stop the killing. He is too far and deep into guilt that even with the realization of wrong he cannot turn back. He suffers in his own rejection and the desire to be good but can’t.
My definition of tragedy is when something sad happens. Sad thing includes death, ignorance, immoral incident, and many others. Every people have a different definition of tragedy just like the other six element from the philosophy unit. When something happens and it goes against my heart, then I will consider it as a tragedy. Tragic happen in a wide range. I have a very optimistic personality; therefore, I am always happy. Tragedy does not appear in my life as often as other people.
My definition of a tragic figure is that the character who had made a mistake in the play. By the character’s wrong actions had leaded him or her into a downfall. This had let the character have a terrible ending. This is similar to the character Macbeth, because he also had faced a lot of awful things after his wrong doings. After Macbeth had murdered Duncan, Macbeth had no peace in his heart, because he always holds that guilt in him. The guilt had let him starting not trust anyone, which had let him always felt very insecure. Because Macbeth is scared that people is going to find out his secret. Therefore, he had also murdered more innocent people. Macbeth had become a sad character because he had been controlled by the evilness inside of him. And he can’t think before his actions. So, for me Macbeth is clearly a tragic figure here.
After thinking over about Macbeth’s actions, I have no sympathy for him. Because he clearly had the choice rather he should listen to Lady Macbeth and murder Duncan or not. But, Macbeth still chooses to murder Duncan because of his own selfish desires. Even though Macbeth is not the one with all those evil plans and ideas to murder Duncan, but he is the only one doing the killing action. But still, I believe that if the three evil witches had not told Macbeth’s prophecy, Macbeth wouldn’t really want to kill Duncan. Because without the prophecy, Macbeth wouldn’t think that killing Duncan would work to make him the next king. This I believe I should give Macbeth a little sympathy, because it is the witches who had influenced him to do all those evil actions.
Macbeth is a tragic figure. Blinded by ambitions and influenced negatively, he fails miserably. In the beginning of the play, the main character, Macbeth is introduced as a brave, strong warrior. He is not naturally an evil person. However, his desire of power that is deeply hidden inside gradually takes him over and he ends up as a psychotic murderer. “I am in blood/Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, /Returning were as tedious as go o’er.” Although he realizes how evil he has become, it is already too late for anything. He basically is stuck with what he has; being haunted and sleepless nights. He has no other choice but going forward even knowing his own inglorious end.
Most, maybe all characters in the play don’t live happily ever after. they either get killed, commit suicide, or never achieve their goals. No one really shout for joy or happiness. “Better be with the dead, /Whom we, to gain our peace, have sent to peace, /Than on the torture of the mind to lie/In restless ecstasy." Macbeth feels terrified because of evil deeds he committed though he is ruling the country as he wished. He and his conscience can’t take the guilt anymore. His unhealthy ambitions have pushed him to the edge. The play is filled with darkness, never brightens up and Macbeth clearly leads it, “the dark force.”
I believe that Macbeth is a tragic figure. He is a man that is easily manipulated by his wife and the people around him. I have always believed that every person is essentially good and their actions are what make them bad people. Macbeth is a good person who recognizes the difference between right and wrong, but refuses to acknowledge it. He allows himself to be manipulated by his wife which leads him to murder Duncan. The moment when he murders Duncan is when I feel that Macbeth became a tragic figure.
Duncan’s murder haunts Macbeth’s life. He can no longer sleep, he suspects everyone is trying to take the throne from him, he begins a murdering rampage, and his wife becomes deranged. Macbeth is so paranoid that someone will try to take his position, the way he did to Duncan. Because of this he begins to kill all the people he thinks pose a threat to him. This is the point in which he starts to lose trust in everyone. It is tragic not being able to trust a single person. Every human needs to be able to have at least one person they can confide in. Macbeth drove everyone away and was left alone. The way he lived his life is the reason why I believe he was a tragic figure. By killing Duncan he was trying to get a better life and more power. In the end he ended up depressed, paranoid, and dead. So essentially it was a lose-lose situation. He gained nothing and lost everything.
My personal definition of a tragedy is when a person who has the potential to be successful at anything, but has a downfall and never gets back up. I think Macbeth is the perfect definition of a tragic figure because Macbeth was on the verge of being king. He was the greatest warrior of Scotland and has earned the complete trust of the king. It was obvious that Macbeth was the perfect fit for a king one day. After learning the witch’s prophecy that he would one day be king, he couldn’t wait any longer and took it on himself. He never let his future come to him, instead he had to force his way up to the top, nearly killing everyone he did not trust. After assassinating Duncan, he goes on a killing spree and begins to see visions of daggers and Banguo’s ghost which reveals his guilt for what he has done.
We can see that Macbeth has a good side to him because he was hesitant and felt guilty of the murder of Duncan, but in the end, sometimes it’s what you do that defines a person. As it has been established in the book, Macbeth is easily influenced by other individuals. For example, Lady Macbeth’s force of him murdering Duncan and believing the witch’s prophecies. He isolates himself from basically everyone because he trusts absolutely no one. All these factors play a role in Macbeth’s decline as king. Although Macbeth was king, it was an unhappy reign and he probably regretted it. This shows that power can either be a really good thing to have, or can kill someone who couldn’t handle the pressure.
-In my point of view, Macbeth was a tragic figure. I believe that a “tragic figure” is someone who is wasn’t true to themselves and ruined their life in the end. When Lady Macbeth was persuading Macbeth to kill Duncan and he did it, I blamed a good deal of that murder on Lady Macbeth. Of course, Macbeth was the one who made the decision in the end and ended up doing the action, but Lady Macbeth should take blame in causing Macbeth to become a tragic figure. After people do a bad deed, it is in the human nature to have the guilt feeling and not only put an effort to not make the same mistake, but to become a better person. We would think that Macbeth’s guilt of murdering Duncan would teach him a good lesson to not do such thing again, but we see in that throughout the book, Macbeth becomes more corrupt. After the Duncan incident, Macbeth’s wife was scarred by it and did not take part in any more of Macbeth’s evil motives.
Because of the prophecy from the witches, Macbeth becomes paranoid of everybody who he suspects will be a threat. As a result, he killed Banquo, and Banquo’s ghost haunts him. I believe that Banquo’s ghost was a reminder for Macbeth of his wrongdoing, however, he chose to live the lifestyle of using his power corruptly. Because he wasn’t able to trust anybody, no one was able to trust him and feared his reign on the throne. His noblemen knew that none of them were guaranteed safety until he was removed from the throne. Even as Macbeth gained everything anybody can ever want, it was all in vain. He wasn’t satisfied from the inside, which affected everything else. No matter how much protection he had, there was never peace in his heart or mind.
In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Macbeth is an example of a “tragic figure.” My definition of a “tragic figure” is a character that is destined or flawed in some way in which they lose out and not achieve their goals. These type of characters often invoke sympathy and pity in the audience. Macbeth held within his character the flaw of ambition, as well as moral weakness, which eventually contributed to his premature death. In Lady Macbeth's as well, the main fault that brought about her destruction and final suicide was greed, along with an ignorance and tyranny. Both characters began in high positions and, throughout the play, accumulated losses caused by their own weaknesses in personality. There is already evidence of Macbeth's inborn ambition in the beginning of the play in the fact that he holds a high position as the Thane of Glamis and is an acclaimed general in the army.
Further evidence of his ambition trait comes in his reaction to the prophecies of the three witches. While many others would have avoided talking to witches for their obvious affiliation with evil, Macbeth hears what they have to say. As I delve into this whole question on “who was actually responsible for Duncan’s killing,” I find myself switching back and forth on this whole idea of his continuous murders. If the witches weren’t there in the first place, would Macbeth have killed Duncan anyway? Honestly, I think he wouldn’t have. He wanted to be king, but the witches’ prophecy led him to greater heights. He wanted to know more and more of what he could have been and eventually leading up to his death due to this escalating desire of being king.
Tampering with the supernatural world will have consequences. You may say the Weird sisters started everything, but this brings us to the choice section. Macbeth could've said no and chosen to ignore them. As soon as Macbeth learned of the prophecies, he wrote his wife telling her about them. She influenced her husband to kill the king, fulfilling the prophecy and engaging the supernatural world. From here, Macbeth's mental status decreases. He continues killing to cover his butt and is therefore tragic.
He ends up worse than he started. His wife is gone, he's a bad king, and he has been betrayed by everyone. Its pretty sad to see Macbeth make the wrong choices and end up dying for his choices. Choices, again, make the person we are and determine the future. Sadly, Macbeth makes the wrong choices due to his actions and others actions. He truly is a tragic figure because from the beginning, we see him fall. Macbeth does not learn from his mistakes and is so far into the darkness that going back would be as easy as continuing to kill.
A tragic figure, to me, is someone whom we end up feeling sorry for and pity. And Macbeth is a tragic figure. At the end when he dies, no one really feels happy about his death. We all can understand that he is really not a bad person even though he killed a lot of people. And Macbeth changes from someone who has everything in the beginning, a family, wealth, health, position, and basically almost anything he wants, to a tragic figure who dies at the end of the story with pity from everyone. Being betrayed by his men and with nothing left, not even hopes, Macbeth is definitely a tragic figure. Macbeth doesn't really think about all the consequences and all the action that he takes, but ends up paying so much for what he does.
Although Macbeth is a tragic figure and we all feel sorry for him, it does not mean he did not do anything wrong and does not deserve any punishments. Macbeth made the choice himself to kill Duncan, Banquo and Macduff's family. Maybe without Lady Macbeth's persuasion, Macbeth would not have killed Duncan, but what about Banquo and Macduff's family? Macbeth killed them to protect something that he was never meant to keep. And by looking at how the others viewed Macbeth, we can tell that no one likes him. His men were either forced to fight for him or went to help Malcolm fight Macbeth, and everyone knew he was a bad king. There are reasons for people to hate Macbeth and those are the reasons of why he deserves what he got.
As tempting as the future may be, Macbeth decided to stop fighting the urge. As the play starts we see him as a loyal and respectful figure. He is trusted not only by Duncan but many other characters. Once word got to him from the three weird sisters he started to change. His inner thoughts were fighting this desire, though his beloved wife Lady Macbeth decided to take control. Once she was in the driver’s seat she slowly manipulated Macbeth and questioned his manhood as well as other important mentalities till his thoughts combined with hers. Her evil plans have transformed Macbeth into a tragic figure.
I can not place him in the tragic hero category or the no tragic hero category because he had to go through different stages to be this way. He started off being one person and ended with another newly changed person. Even though he falls more toward the tragic side I can not let the positive things he has accomplished go. He weighs between the two categories. I feel the only mistake he has done was loving and honoring Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth stands as the ultimate tragic hero. Macbeth was one of her tools she used to reach power. It is devastating that Macbeth never knew from the beginning how evil her intentions were however every lesson is learned sooner or later.
There are many people to blame for all the darkness and curse brought into this play though our class seems to point our fingers towards Lady Macbeth. It is very clear that Macbeth was the one who actually killed Duncan with his bare hands but that does not mean his mental side of him agreed to this plan. Lady Macbeth twisted everything Macbeth though was right to wrong and vice versa. Immediately after Macbeth killed the king, the twisted lines started to unwind a little. He came back to Lady Macbeth for comfort which she gave. The comfort to sooth Macbeth to create even more evil choices.
Macbeth is a tragic figure, because he was born at the wrong time and influenced by the wrong people. Even though he had a very greedy nature, but he did not really have the courage to cross that moral line. He would only do certain things when he know he would not fail, so he only became motivated by the plan when Lady Macbeth and the Weird Sisters told him that the crown is his only destiny. Lady Macbeth even made him look foolish when he said that he did not want to go kill King Duncan, so Macbeth was further brainwashed and believed that he had no other choice in life. When he made that decision, he had no place to turn back. He had to keep going, even though he already realized that it was the wrong way. He became insecure and painful because he knew he made all these mistakes, but he could not go back to fix these mistakes. He starts to image these enemies around him, and killing more people who he thought was a threat to him. This eventually led to his final down fall.
He eventually forgot the rules of the game as he sink further into the dark hole, and he eventually decided to play by his only rules to achieve his plan. He thought he could change his own destiny, but he forgot that it was the weird sisters’ words that brought him into the position that he is in. His flaw was that he only heard what he wanted to hear, and twisted stuff he did not want to hear into things that he actually wanted to hear. He misinterpreted the witch’s words, because he thought that he still had hope in redemption. He never really understood the Witch’s words before he took action, and he broke the normal logic of life. In the beginning, he killed Duncan because he knew that his life has been predetermined and he would never fail in what he does, but in the end, he tried to change the fact that his life has been predetermined. It was very obvious to the audience that Macbeth’s plan was going to fail, because it contradicted with the natural cycle. Macbeth did not realize that until he found out that Macduff came out through the C-section, but it was too late to change.
Dictionary.com definition of tragedy - a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster. My definition of a tragedy is an event that occurs that follows the evil path or evil way of destruction, negating the morally correct way of being or future. In other words, it means that if something morally correct should’ve happened, or the just thing should have occurred and it didn’t, I find that to be tragic. Evil should not prevail.
I think Macbeth can be considered both a tragic figure and non-tragic. When you look at his situation, he ha to be able to take full responsibility for his actions. His evil thoughts of murdering the king, and then actually fulfilling the action of murder deem him an evil person. Yet, his heart is not as evil as it may seem. He is completely conflicted by the action and the desire to do it, showing he does have some goodness in him. Emotionally I am conflicted, but logically I see him as a ruthless murderer. I do find him in a way similar to many situations I have been in myself. How many times have their been something evil that has been persistent in your head, you conflicted with it, yet you did it regardless. I’ve done it several times, yet I always seem to regret it and never do it again. This is what separates Macbeth from Todd. I learn my lessons. Macbeth continues on his barbaric path of destruction.
In many ways, I try to characterize his motives in two categories. Good and evil. Yet, every time I think about what he did and how he did it, it just continues to fall in the evil path, no matter how conflicted his heart was. He still went through with the action, is tragic. He should’ve not killed Duncan, yet he did. He should have been good, yet he turned evil. I find that to be tragic. I also find it tragic that after his first murder, he cannot fall out of the spiraling downward trend of his life. He cannot get out of the bloodlust, the fear that someone will unseat him from the throne. I find it tragic that he is not mentally strong enough to understand his situation, deal with it, and try to make the best of it. Instead, he becomes a bad king and kills all those who even somewhat threaten him, even if they are innocent.
Macbeth is a tragic figure. His heart is a tragic failure. His reasoning is tragic. His fall from glory to evil is the most tragic to me.
After doing a lot of research on the definition of tragic hero, I discovered that there are many aspects that prove him as a tragic hero and many others that do not match with his characteristics. Given this dilemma, I decided that instead of following according to the definition, I should evaluate Macbeth according to my own perspective. Throughout the play, Shakespeare described Macbeth as a fool who did not comprehend what he had done and what must be done, leaving him as an unsympathetic character. After killing the king he murdered more people and foolishly forgotten all precaution which led him to his death. Yet from a different perspective, I saw Macbeth as human with all the errors that normally humans would make. No one is perfect and everyone wants to achieve their highest potential before the end of their lives. Therefore, Macbeth did what was necessary to achieve that potential when he was given the perfect opportunity. Although it seems that Macbeth became evil when he murdered Banquo but yet what he did was out of fear. Clearly Macbeth did not realize the consequences until much later and by then it was too late because he already committed the murder and was afraid that people would find out. Any normal individual put in similar situation would instantly be driven by fear and act through instinct rather than clearly thinking out the options.
Through the decision of killing Duncan, Macbeth already became a tragic figure because once he realized his mistake, he could not turn back and change the path that he already taken. He had no other choice but to follow through with his decision. It is obvious that at one point, Macbeth felt remorse for what he had committed because after murdering Banquo he became delusional and saw Banquo’s ghost that haunted his conscious and peace of mind. Yet, regardless of his remorse, Macbeth could not stop himself in his track. Like a snowball rolling down a large hill, as it gather force and momentum, Macbeth situation became dire overtime as he eventually end up forfeiting his life for a single mistake in the very beginning of the story. Although the ending of Macbeth’s life may not necessarily arouse pity, but knowing that Macbeth felt completely helpless to his fate as well as his awareness of his inevitable doom was pitiful enough. Overall, Macbeth was the quintessential representation of all of humans and the profuse amount of errors that leaves tragedy in perspective of our everyday lives.
Tragedies have befallen on Romeo and Juliet, the lovers who commit suicides for each other, on Beowolf whose death ends his royal heritage, and many other characters who sacrifice their most precious possessions for love, loyalty, courage, and virtues given to human beings. What is tragic about Macbeth? The play depicts the boundless ambitions, the selfish intentions, and the brutal actions Macbeth has done when he is granted the power to do so. He is never satisfied and never peaceful with what he possessed, always desiring for more, one of the worst characteristics of human nature. They believe they can get more out of their luck, and the more the better. I’ve heard the phrase “more money will never hurt” from both my mom and my friend, but I believe there must be some consequences to it, life is fair, the more you get requires the more you compensate. The ending of Macbeth is simply paying back for what he has acquired—his attempting to fill up the endless thirst for power, which eventually turns into fear. What goes around does come around, unless people learn from their flaws.
A tragedy is accompanied by sympathy, yet I do not express any sympathies on Macbeth because he deserves what he gets. His ruthless actions are representations of many powerful but notorious political leaders like Mao, Hitler, and Mussolini. Those who did possess the mighty skill of intelligence and eloquence but power led them to the decline, a failure they can never afford. Macbeth is closely connected to the leaders in the past that the theme, an overdose of ambition, is presented repeatedly. Were we ever sympathizing Hitler’s death? No, but we realize that it is a human nature that cannot be controlled easily. We fully understand that if the chance is given to us, most of us would have made the same mistakes. He is given multiple choices; he chooses his own descending path. It is not a tragic, it’s karma.
In my opinion, Macbeth is not a tragic figure. The dictionary definition of tragic is: very sad; especially involving grief or death or destruction. But my personal definition of tragic is a different from the dictionary definition. I think Macbeth represents the evil people in Macbeth, so an evil person’s death will never be a tragic figure. If the protagonist died eventually in a play, then I will say it is a tragic future. Actually mu degree of empathy is high, but Macbeth is not a person who deserves to get my empathy since his mistake is so big. A person should never be forgiving if he killed another person. Sometimes in our lives, we might do some mistakes because of an impulse. If we know it is wrong and correct it, then we can be forgiving. But I think killing is such a serious problem since it is done by losing another person’s life. At first, Lady Macbeth urged Macbeth to kill Duncan. Later, Macbeth felt guilty, but he could stop at that time. He knew that if he stopped, he would soon be discovered and be killed for his betrayal. So he could not stop any more. As a result, he killed more people. If he only killed Duncan and he knew his mistake, then I will think he is a tragic figure. Though he felt guilty, I still think he is an evil person.
Macbeth deserved to be killed eventually. Evil people should be punished forever. There is no evidence show Macbeth is a good person from his actions. After reading Act 2, I can even know the ending because in most of the books, the evil people will always be killed. From this play, we can see Macbeth did the wrong things because his ambition, the witches’ prophecy and even his wife. In fact, everyone has the ambition and everyone has met the temptations. If everyone is just thinking for himself and kill others, then this world will be disordered. So I think it is obviously to figure out Macbeth is not a tragic figure. I can not find any reason to say he is a tragic figure. We should never forgive him. If we feel sorry for Macbeth’s death, then who will feel sorry for Banquo’s death? Who will feel sorry for Duncan’s death? Are there any wrong actions from Macduff’s families? All of the people who were killed by Macbeth should not die because they did not do anything wrong. Banquo is a good and smart person. Duncan is a kind king. Macduff is a loyalty warrior. None of them should be killed. Overall, I think Macbeth is not a tragic figure since an evil person deserves to be killed eventually.
We all contain these unanswered questions towards Macbeth, but before we read the play. After we read the play it clearly answers our question. But now it is our turn to answer the last and final question. Whether or not Macbeth is an example of a “tragic” character.
First of all, many people have various definitions of their of a “tragic” character. But, heres mine, a character who fails to accomplish his goals, looses value, because of present flaws encountered within. Another words, a tragic character is a person that has many flaws and falls from them later on. Meaning becoming a distraction to the character that causes them to fail. A perfect example would be Macbeth, Macbeth at first sticks to his decisions, or choices n the beginning, but then when it comes to power he changes his mine, which causes him to kill people just to get closer and closer to the thrown. He did have a pure innocent heart in the beginning but now in the end he lives in regret and in a sinful world. The choices that he makes in his life, cause him to be a tragic hero. The choice to hear the prophecies of the witches, that leads to the encouragement of power, but then the encouragement to make threats and to kill, all ties to the end of having to getting closer to the thrown, “power hungry”. Lady Macbeth does not help the situation any better, if anything she makes it worse. She encourages Macbeth to do the killing according to her plans. Half of me tells me the Macbeth was the cause of his own tragedy, but then the other half tells me the Lady Macbeth as well had something to do with his own tragedy. She took a part in this by encouraging more to Macbeth every time to kill the people next in line to take the throne, if she hadn't Macbeth would have been fine, and would of waited to take his place on the throne when time gave him the chance. Macbeth is a good hearted person at first, but the fact that he makes other decide for him makes him a tragic character as well, because he then shows he is not capable of making his own decisions that give him good fate. For becoming a tragic character, Macbeth is now living in regret.
In my opinion, the definition of tragedy is dreadful, fatal events or affairs. I believe that Macbeth is a tragic figure without question. He started off as the innocent and ambitious warrior who defends his country, which leads us thinking that he might be a good guy or a protagonist. He had all the heroic traits that define a hero until his dark side turned on him. I think that Macbeth’s ambition got to him when he found out about the prophecies which lead to Duncan’s death. In some ways, I take pity on Macbeth’s choices on making such foolish mistakes.
Macbeth controlled everything in his power but it seems he was lost and confused when he went down the wrong path. But I still believe that he was not in control of his life. He was the puppet by choice; he had to please and satisfy Lady Macbeth even when he felt guilty. Macbeth was left pressured by his wife to kill Duncan even when he wanted to back down from the plan. In the end, what it comes down to is that Macbeth is truly a tragic figure because he was left nothing and somewhat he did deserve it, to receive nothing. It makes me feel sorry or to take pity on him.
Macbeth lived half of his life miserably through fear, which makes him a tragic figure. In the beginning of the play, we notice him as a loyal person. Even though he kills people during the battle, he is just defending himself. But after he killed the king that somewhat made him feel guilty, he started off his miserable life. Macbeth did not enjoy as being the king because he is always afraid that someone else will take away his throne. If he did not listen to Lady Macbeth and murder the king, he would still live a peaceful life, a life without guilt. A person has to live an enjoyable life in order to not be a tragic figure; therefore, Macbeth is considered a tragic figure.
People that are not independent are also miserable because they cannot decide their own life. In the play, Macbeth is always controlled by many different people. At first, he followed Lady Macbeth’s advice to kill the king; this is one sign that shows Macbeth cannot make his own decisions. After he killed the king, he could never get his independence back anymore since he has to do a lot of things to try to make up his lies. He has to do everything depending on what others do, such as killing people because they are threats. No one would want to live a life like his even if they could be the king and have all the powers to control the country. Macbeth got all the power he wanted but still died miserably. He made a huge trade off for his actions which makes him a tragic figure.
Macbeth is definitely a tragic figure in my eyes, he has some kind of desire that he seeks to achieve and after getting that accomplish he continues on with his quest to fulfill his desires. He started out as a loyal thane who fought for his king which means that he was a hero at some point in the play. Macbeth wasn’t ultimately a “bad” person from the start but overtime, his darker side came out of him and developed into a terrible quality that a “hero” shouldn’t have. He didn’t need to go on killing people but he still did because he found people to be threats to his throne where in some cases they did little to prove so and in others, it was fairly true. It was his ambition and that of his wife that drove him into such violent acts and eventually he ended up destroying himself without knowing it. It’s not always a bad thing to be ambitious but Macbeth’s ambition drove him in the wrong direction. It lead him to the loss of his friends, his wife and lastly, his self.
I think that Lady Macbeth made a great impact on his decision and act to kill Duncan, where all the violent acts started from. Although she was a reason to his actions I still think that Macbeth is responsible for his actions at the same time. He took his pride too way and crossed too far across the line to save himself that he ended up with no choice but to march forward because stopping would have been just as bad if not, worse. I think that Macbeth’s pride and fear are what brought him to his death. Everyone has pride for certain things and fear of losing it but Macbeth is an odd character in this sense. He has way too much pride that it drives him to do such cold hearted things and the thought of losing what he has is just as bad of a motivation to kill all that gets in his way. In the end, he got what he asked for, what he deserved because all that killing has got to have some type of punishment and he got his.
Though having started out high in power, a hero of his country and living high in society, through a series of petty choices Macbeth's life is destroyed. Upon meeting the weird sisters and having had a taste of the future Macbeth became obsessed, he became a slave to hurrying along fate. Although his decisions were his own once he began to dig his hole he couldn't get out. The most tragic part of the play is Macbeth's slow decent into insanity caused by his addiction to the future. Its sad because he loses everything because of his addiction; his reputation, his friends and eventually his wife.
As the story progresses more and more you see that Macbeth isnt just a cold blooded killer who is power hungry. You see that phsycological problems surround him. He tries so hard to fulfill this prophecy, but for what? We dont actually know why he wants to be king so bad, and when he gets it, hes not happy at all, his wife commits suicide, he starts seeing things, and he gets killed. Tragic much? I dont think Macbeth is the enherintly evil one in the play. I dont even think Lady Macbeth is neccesarily the evil one either. I think evil plays a prominent role in the play, but not as a certain charecter. Evil is more of a wondering element that is very persuasive. Macbeth is just a troubled human who doesn't really know what he wants. He lets evil overcome him. Sure Macbeth is responsible for his actions, but why would he do these things with no motive? He ends up just hurting himself, and even though you see him get what he wanted and you see his worldly status go up, phsycologicaly he gets much worse, and ends up jumping to a "0" from a "10" life. Does he get what he deserves? Sure, maybe its an extreme way to teach him his faults, but i think this still leaves him being a tragic figure.
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In my eyes, Macbeth isn’t a tragic figure. All of Macbeth’s evil acts originated from within himself. Although, at the start he seemed like a tragic figure because he seemed week and easily influenced by other. However, as I understood his character more throughout the book, Macbeth is really responsible and in full control of his actions. He isn’t a tragic figure to me, because all the troubles he brought onto himself. If he wasn’t selfish in the first place then he would’ve had a pretty good life. Macbeth was already high up in the hierarchy and lives in a castle with his beloved wife. I see it pointless to bring more trouble onto yourself when you don’t know the consequences that come with it. It was the desire to have more that caused him to turn dark. Macbeth’s character starts to turn into a selfless monster further in the book. We can see him lose himself and being stuck between the mental and the physical. What mattered though were the outcome and the choices he decided to take. I don’t think making bad choices makes you a tragic figure just because the result was not a happy one.
I believe a tragedy is when you’re really unfortunate and majority of the things aren’t caused intentionally. For example, Macbeth wouldn’t be a tragic figure if he didn’t make the choices and instead was forced without choice to kill to protect himself. That example is just one of those if scenarios. Tragedy’s book definition is defined to be a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction. My definition of a tragedy is when things could’ve been great until certain events lead it into destruction. That is, when the source of its unfortunate situations doesn’t originate from the party that it’s targeted at. I guess for me I find more tragedies in more love related stories such as Romeo and Juliet. In Macbeth, I think the tragic figure would be Lady Macbeth. How she was sort of the trigger to all of this constant battles in Macbeth. Also, the guilt she had caused her to have some health problems and leading her to her suicide in the end. I think a few mistakes in choices are tolerable and can be forgiven, but in Macbeth’s case it was just not acceptable to me. Therefore, I believe Macbeth isn’t a tragic figure at all in the story.
I find Macbeth to be a tragic figure. Macbeth lived a tragic life, as he led his potentially bright and successful life down the drain. Reading the play, I found myself pitying Macbeth as he is gradually sucked into the endless hole of greed and crime. Starting the play, Macbeth showed great potential as a strong and vicious leader as he charged through men, slaughtering everyone in his way. People whom, all loved and trusted him surrounded him. He was also carving his way up the latter of hierarchy without even meaning to. However this burgeoning success was altered greatly by the appearance of the weird sisters. Naïve and easily influenced, Macbeth became the puppet of destiny. Relying and living according to the prophecies of the witches, Macbeth not only jeopardized but also discarded his previous happy and loving life without even realizing. This is ignorance of Macbeth is tragic. Everything he protected and loved before was slipping through his hands as he became deranged by his own destiny.
Watching Macbeth blindly falling in the trap of prophecy, creating a devil out of him was pitiful. His life as his rank moved up, became more and more lonely. Since as he isolated himself in throne of King of Scotland, he killed off any connection to the throne, or in other words to him. All of these heinous murders were blindly done since Macbeth was blinded by his greed and power. Once a great honorable warrior, was not a fool drowning in his power. It was tragic to see the downfall of such a great man with many potential. Macbeth’s life ends with “what could have been”.
Macbeth is a tragic figure. He goes from having everything in the beginning to having nothing in the end. Macbeth is a tragic figure because he does not understand the consequences of the choices that he make, and he was also very curious, which led him directly to his downfall. First of all, when Macbeth makes a decision of killing King Duncan, he does not realize the consequences of the murder: sleepless night and permanent guilt. Due to his rational choices, he, therefore, leads himself to his downfall. He can’t sleep anymore, and the guilt grows bigger and darker inside him everyday. Also, Macbeth’s curiosity leads him to his downfall. When the witches’ prophecies of Macbeth becoming the Thane o Cawdor comes true, Macbeth becomes curious and wants to go at a greater length to see what else would happen. Little does he know that he steps into a quick sand of downfall with no escapes. Quicksand beautifully describes the situation since the more people Macbeth kills, the deeper he sinks. Therefore Macbeth is a tragic figure because he goes from having everything to having nothing. Also, he was rational with his decisions and he lets his curiosity conquers him.
Furthermore, Macbeth is a tragic figure because he foolishly believes in witches’ prophecies and assassinates King Duncan to fulfill his greed for power, yet, little does he know, witches’ prophecies are only a matter of words without any persuasion of committing any crimes (they simply tell him what will happen), therefore, Macbeth steps into a dark path with no return (downfall). First of all, the wicked witches show Macbeth nouns, not verbs. It is Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself who put verbs, adjectives, and imagination into the prophecies. Their foolishness leads them to kill King Duncan, which also leads them to sleepless nights and illusions of Duncan’s blood on their hands. Though they got what they want, they are exactly happy, because they can not trust anyone and is filled with guilt. In the end of the play, Macbeth is killed by Macduff and Lady Macbeth commits suicides because she can not take it any longer. Therefore, Macbeth is a tragic figure because his foolishness of believing in witches’ prophecies leads him to his downfall; he goes from having everything in the beginning to having nothing in the end.
Tragic figure can be defined as a figure that has gone through a terrible life of royalty. Although Macbeth has caused much destruction, I believe he is a tragic figure. Macbeth is good at first, but because of his personality, he starts to change. Another factor may be Lady Macbeth because of her force upon him to kill Duncan, and Macbeth is influenced by her decisions. It is also because of his personality that he pushes the witches to tell him what exactly the prophesies are. This essentially ends up in Macbeth’s self-destruction because the knowledge he receives makes him want to use his power. Because of his power, he destroys other around him, which results in self-destruction because he trusts no one.
Macbeth is also driven by his longing of becoming a king. He would have done anything, even killing his king, to get his place. After he became King, he used his power the wrong way. Because he had power, he could kill anyone he wanted, and he could kill because he had done it before (Duncan). He started to kill people around him that he did not trust or might have a chance of taking his throne (for ex.: Banquo’s sons). This eventually led to his downfall of his character which was death. Thus, Macbeth can be identified as a tragic figure, as it was his fault and not his fault at the same time.
I think a tragic figure is defined as someone who fails in regards to the person’s actions. A tragic figure is a person’s downfall that is often resulted from the person’s actions. Through out Macbeth, many characters might have made mistakes in some points. However, Macbeth’s mind that leads to his actions is justified of being a tragic figure. Macbeth has his own characteristic of being control by other people. Before he murders king Duncan, it is Lady Macbeth who finally persuades Macbeth to carry out the action. Without Lady Macbeth, Macbeth would not be able to make the correct choice for himself. Thus, Macbeth needs to have confidence and the ability to make his own choices.
The other characteristic that leads Macbeth to his downfall is his attitude of unawareness. Before he actually murders the king, he does not reflect in his mind about the actions. Furthermore, Macbeth should have reflected deeply about the consequence of his actions. He carries out his actions without recognizing and realizing the consequences of his actions. Consequently, he loses his throne and his dream. Nevertheless, there are two things Macbeth needs to learn that would prevent him from being a tragic figure. The first step he needs to improve is toestablish a sense of self confidence. No matter under what circumstances, he ought to be confident in his own decision and not follow other people’s opinions easily. Next, it is essential that Macbeth carefully considers the decision he makes, especially the consequences of it, so that it would not lead him to downfall and mistakes.
A tragic hero is a man born into noble stature who’s life is predetermined with an inability to prevent oncoming tragedies. Shakespeare’s Macbeth depicts a good example of a tragic hero. From the beginning of the play we see fate first appear in the form of the witches’ prophecies. Clouded with greed and ambition, Macbeth makes choices that cause his destruction. His character changes from a noble man to a treacherous individual. Through Lady Macbeth’s manipulation and the witches’ prophecies, drives Macbeth down a path he can not turn back. No matter how hard he tries to not let his reign as king come to an end, his death is inevitable. I see, a once honorable hero turned into a weak desperate man because of the guidance of misleading and deceptive people.
What makes a tragic hero is his one weakness or flaw. Macbeth definitely shows irrational decisions due to his excessive pride. Because Macbeth’s only concern is to become king and remain king as long as he lives, he acts without realizing the severe consequences. First he kills Duncan, arranges Banquo ( a beloved friend) murder, and Macduff’s family while the country of Scotland is being destroyed under his rule. Shakespeare’s play of Macbeth starts off with introducing Macbeth as a courageous hero always fighting against the odds to serve his king. As Macbeth’s slow transition to a murderer takes place, we take a last look of Macbeth’s goodness still left within him when he realizes his wrongdoings.
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