Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Shakespeares Macbeth as Tragic Hero :: GCSE English Literature Coursework

Macbeth as tragic Hero Tragedy always involves human suffering, but not everyone who suffers is a Tragic Hero. Aristotle established the first criteria that must be met for a character to be considered a Tragic Hero. Although the definition of a tragic hero has evolved over the years, Macbeth was intelligibly a tragic hero. He had many noble qualities as well as several tragic flaws. Macbeth began as a courageous, brave and good overlord who was gradually ruined by his own superstition, cowardice and blind ambition. Macbeth was a courageous and strong nobleman. He and Banquo were leaders of King Duncans army. His personal powers and strength as a general won him the battle as described by the captain (I,2, But alls too weak/ For brave Macbeth -- well he deserve that name -- / Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel,/ Which smoked with spread over execution,/ Like valors minion carved out his passage/ Till he faced the slave). Macbeth was even undiscouraged when he was attacked by the King of Norway, assisted by that most disloyal traitor, the thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth convinced her husband to murder Duncan by putting his manhood and courage at pole (I,7, When you durst do it, then you were a man/ And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man). As Macbeth started degrading he confused some bravery (IV, 1, That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies). In his fight with Macduff, some of his old courage and strength returned. Macbeth could be brave when it came to meet but when he started thinking he would hesitate and would have to be urged into action by his wife or by the sense of security that he obtained from the prophecies of the supernatural. He changed his mind quint times before murdering Duncan. The witches prophecy that he would be king made him decide to leave it to chance, but Duncans announcement that Malcolm was to be his heir made Macbeth pick out that he would have to take a course of action for the p rophecies to come true. He changed his mind again before he reached home until his wife persuaded him that it could be done safely. Then he changed his mind again before finally being forced by Lady Macbeth to authorise up his mind to present the murder.Shakespeares Macbeth as Tragic Hero GCSE English Literature CourseworkMacbeth as Tragic Hero Tragedy always involves human suffering, but not everyone who suffers is a Tragic Hero. Aristotle established the first criteria that must be met for a character to be considered a Tragic Hero. Although the definition of a tragic hero has evolved over the years, Macbeth was clearly a tragic hero. He had many noble qualities as well as several tragic flaws. Macbeth began as a courageous, brave and good nobleman who was gradually ruined by his own superstition, cowardice and blind ambition. Macbeth was a courageous and strong nobleman. He and Banquo were leaders of King Duncans army. His personal powers and strength as a general won hi m the battle as described by the captain (I,2, But alls too weak/ For brave Macbeth -- well he deserved that name -- / Disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel,/ Which smoked with bloody execution,/ Like valors minion carved out his passage/ Till he faced the slave). Macbeth was even undiscouraged when he was attacked by the King of Norway, assisted by that most disloyal traitor, the thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth convinced her husband to murder Duncan by putting his manhood and courage at stake (I,7, When you durst do it, then you were a man/ And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man). As Macbeth started degrading he lost some bravery (IV, 1, That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies). In his fight with Macduff, some of his old courage and strength returned. Macbeth could be brave when it came to action but when he started thinking he would hesitate and would have to be urged into action by his wife or by the sense of security that he obtained from the prophecies of the supernatural. He changed his mind five times before murdering Duncan. The witches prophecy that he would be king made him decide to leave it to chance, but Duncans announcement that Malcolm was to be his heir made Macbeth realize that he would have to take a course of action for the prophecies to come true. He changed his mind again before he reached home until his wife persuaded him that it could be done safely. Then he changed his mind again before finally being forced by Lady Macbeth to make up his mind to commit the murder.

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