Macbeth Tragic Hero Essay

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William Shakespeare throughout his play, The Tragedy of Macbeth, provided us the horrendous story of a man on the poisonous journey to what he saw as greatness. As Macbeth continues to strive for greatness, he becomes the tragic hero of our play. Macbeth was portrayed as great man all throughout the play: strong, kind, and thoughtful. Yet he also had fatal flaws: ignorance, ambition, and desire. One of the main questions that this drama brings up is to what grade is Macbeth considered a tragic hero. Even though Macbeth let his flaws get the best of him, his attributes overcome the many terrible things he had done. Overall, Macbeth is a great example of a tragic hero.

Aristotle in approximately 335 BCE wrote Poetics, a work about dramatic theory, one of the most memorable parts of Poetics is
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Nemesis is deserving fate, usually punishment for wrongdoing.In act 5 when Macduff killed Macbeth, that was a example of nemesis. Macduff killed Macbeth in order to avenge his family and restore order to his homeland. Catharsis is the feelings of sorrow and fear that the audience feel for the protagonist after their downfall. Catharsis is experienced at the end of the play when justice is done and balance is restored when Macduff beheads Macbeth and mounts his head on a pike(5.8.54-55). This audience bring closer to the audience by either providing them with the end of a tyrant or the end of someone who just wanted to achieve his inner greatness in the only way he saw possible.

In conclusion, Macbeth is to a full extent a tragic hero. Even though we may not fully agree with the acts Macbeth committed, we should agree with the fact that if Macbeth hadn’t been tainted that he may have received his throne purely out of his purity to reign. Maybe Macbeth’s life would have played out a different way if he would have trusted his destiny to himself and not to the