This essay Macbeth has a total of 946 words and 4 pages.
Macbeth is the epitome of what the literary world regards a "tragic hero". His admirable qualities are
supplanted with greed and hate when he is duped by the three witches.
Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches. Yes, it is the first scene from William Shakespeare\'s Macbeth,
a tragic tale of one man\'s quest for power and his ultimate defeat. The story revolves around our tragic hero,
Macbeth, and how an admirable and noble man, so established in society, can fall so greatly. Throughout
the play, he is driven by an obsession to become King of Scotland, and in the process commits acts of
betrayal and treachery to achieve this goal. However, Macbeth is not the only character involved in this
sordid affair. His wife, the manipulative Lady Macbeth, three prophetic witches and members of the
Scottish aristocracy all play pivotal in the drama. Lady Macbeth, the great woman behind the man, plots,
scheme and propels Macbeth into a nightmare of falsehood and guilt. The wiches, or weird sisters, embody
the supernatural element of this tragedy. With their imperfect predictions and calculated duplicity, they
created chaos in Macbeth\'s mind as they toy wit!
h his sense of security. The Scottish aristocracy comprises of King Duncan, the two princes - Malcolm and
Donalbain, and various other thanes and nobles, including Macbeth\'s friend Banquo. They serve as barriers
for Macbeth and, regardless of friend or foe, he chooses to either "fall down, or else o\'er-leap" these
hurdles. However, one hurdle that proves too great is his nemesis: Macduff. After Macbeth\'s false sense of
security is shattered, a mighty swipe of Macduff\'s sword releases Macbeth from a tangled web of desire,
design and deceit.
Macbeth has, as his wife says, the milk of human kindness (which was not a cliche when the play
was written), the kind of affection that many people have for others when self-interest is not rampant. He
has a high regard for Duncan and Banquo, defaming the latter only once (III.i.74 ff.). He differs from
Duncan in this regard in that the King\'s charity is of a quality that works to transform human society into a
family and that, as G. R. Elliott points out, "makes the spirit of Duncan persist through the play after his
death." Nevertheless, Macbeth shares in a somewhat limited way in the moral nature of manhood as seen in
I.vii.46-47, as E. M. Waith observes, without wanting to contract himself at the urgings of his wife into
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