Tragedy By William Shakespeare Essay

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Tragedy by William Shakespeare “By the pricking of my thumbs something

Wicked this way comes”

Usually we stereotype a tragic play or story as a serious drama with
an

unhappy events or a sad ending but Shakespeare has put a new concept
of the

original tragic hero. He created a character called Macbeth, Macbeth
is a tragic hero.

To be a tragic hero you must be a man of high status which is
rectified by a

combination of fate and destiny, his own mistakes and hermatia. His
character is that

of a bold, brave, ‘benign’ warrior. He is portrayed as a character
that is thoroughly

liked all over Scotland however as the play develops Macbeths morals
seem to

evaporate leaving an evil man that is obsessed by power. He achieves
his high status

by being cousin of the king Duncan and being popular. These qualities
are pure yet

they are the base of his decent. Macbeths own mistakes start to cause
a chain

reaction of terrible events. Macbeth is arrogant he says to Lady
Macbeth;

“Be innocent of the knowledge

dearest chuck,”

Macbeths begins to think that he knows better than his wife who
originally put in him

this position of greed and selfishness. Macbeth becomes cursed by his
“Vaulting

ambition” which pushes him to kill his best friend and what would have
been his only

friend if he had spared his life. He kills the king immediately
followed by two

innocent guards. The most horrific murder in the play is the murder of
Macduffs wife

and three children. This shows that Macbeth is definitely evil he uses
harsh justice

on a family that is in no real danger by Macbeths power. It is emotive
it begins to

make you think how the people must have lived in fear and what a
terrible time to be

alive if you were associated with Macbeth. He was a dictator he was a
ruler who was

unconstrained by law. Macbeth shows his arrogance again through a
combination of

his soliloquy where he tells the audience that because Duncan is a
perfect king and he

does nothing to hurt anyone that he is just waiting to be killed and
Macbeth wants to

be first. Secondly Macbeth has convinced himself that he is immortal.
This is because

the witches played a trick with his mind and told him a riddle which
Macbeth

foolishly didn’t understand or contemplate.

“The power of man, for none of woman born
Shall harm Macbeth”.

Here the witches tell Macbeth that no man born or woman can kill him
or even harm

him. He was fooled again, when the witches call to Macbeth

...

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