Essay on Brave Macbeth

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Honorable, valiant, brave and strong are the characteristics that build the character of Macbeth. Slowly the once wise honorable character, Macbeth, crumbles into a tragic hero. While taking an analytical look at Shakespeare’s Macbeth, it becomes apparent that the moving poetic plot does follow Aristotle’s definition of a tragedy due to noble characteristics in Macbeth, his ambition that becomes his tragic flaw and Macbeth’s error in judgement.
On the battlefield, Macbeth shows no fear while his strength with his sword cuts the enemy “from the nave to the chaps” (1.2.17). Aristotle presents the tragic hero as a brave high ranking good man. Macbeth as great noble man he is represents this. “Brave Macbeth, well he deserves that name” (1.2.16). This quote spoken by the Bloody Captain, reflects how during the war Macbeth was very brave and since the Bloody Captain is such a valiant character already, by him saying that, we know that Macbeth is equally strong because it would take a lot to convince a guy like him self that you were courageous. As we see, to be a great solider, having an ambition is crucial.
Ones tragic flaw becomes ones blinding weakness, leading to downfall along with death. Macbeth’s ambition turns into vaulting ambition, blinding him from many things, producing death. “… For mine own good all causes shall give… way. I am in blood stepp’d in so far that should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er” (3.4.134). Macbeth is willing to do anything in order to help him self and committing evil deeds start becoming flawless to execute. Hence, leading himself to compose in-accurate