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Macbeth

 

In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, we discover
that Macbeth is a tragic hero. Macbeth is very ambitious,
courageous, and a moral coward: all these things lead to
his tragic death at the end of the play.
 
At the beginning of the play, Shakespeare portrays 
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as a hero, loyal to the king and fighting for Scotland; however, he is also very ambitious and power hungry. While he did think of murder, his mind rejects it and he says, "Why, if fate will have me king, why, chance may crown me," - Act I, Sc 3, p.44-45. Increasingly, his ambition defeated his rational nature. When Duncan named Malcolm the Prince of Cumberland,

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decided to murder him out of revenge. When Duncan arrived at Inverness, Macbeth controlled his ambition, for the time being, and did not kill him. The failing of his decision was soon verbalized by Lady Macbeth who called him a coward. This led him to commit the heinous act. From then on, after the murder of Duncan, Macbeth entered into a life of evil and committed several other atrocities. In order to assure that he would be king, he killed Banquo, because the witches had predicted that Banquo's son would be king. Macbeth, who now no longer needed any encouragement from Lady Macbeth, started to leave her in ignorance of his plans. Near the end of the play, Lady Macbeth sleepwalked and had a dream about the killing of Duncan and Banquo. She died because of all this pressure and her guilt about the murder. Soul of Macbeth has been destroyed since

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loved Lady Macbeth very much, as shown in Act I, Sc. 5, p.58, "My Dearest Love." The power of nemesis is shown clearly at the end of the play when Macduff comes back to murder Macbeth.

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would never have guessed that Macduff would come back for revenge for the killing in Macduff's household. This nemesis shows an additional force beyond Macbeth's control. Because of Macbeth's strong beliefs in ambition and the witches, when he found out Macduff was not born of woman, and also found out that Birnam Wood had been seen moving, he realized that the third apparition had deceived him and he understood he was no longer safe. Through the development of this tragedy, Macbeth has turned from a good natured person to an evil person. His ambition, strong belief in the witches, has brought him to a tragic end, and caused many people to lose their lives. 




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