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“As defined by Aristotle, a tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction.” Written by William Shakespeare, the tragedy of Macbeth recounts Macbeth’s fateful downfall as he transforms from a loyal, noble man to that of a fiend. As Macbeth grows more and more reckless in evil throughout the course of the story, his tragic flaw becomes ever so evident. Macbethwas clearly unable to save himself as he took that enduring fall from grace. Consequently, he destroyed all of Scotland in the process because of his one tragic flaw, his vaulting ambition. Macbeth’s hubris remained indomitable, even in the face of moments of guilt and self awareness. Macbeth was never able to redeem his …show more content…
At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth is trying to convince Macbeth of the plan to get the guards drunk and then blaming the murder of King Duncan on the drunk guards. “Look like th’ innocent flower, but be the serpent under ‘t.” At this point in the play, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have not yet lost all their sanity and are displaying the theme that appearances are deceiving all on their own. However, in Act II, tides are already beginning to turn when Lady Macbeth is deceived by the contrast between illusion and reality. For example, Lady Macbeth said “...had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done’t,” meaning that the only reason she did not kill King Duncan when she had the chance was because she was deceived by his appearance as he slept and thought that he looked like her own father sleeping. Macbeth was left to do the dirty work. Afterwards he felt substantial guilt; however, guilt and moments of his own self awareness did not outweigh his ambition that would lead to his ultimate …show more content…
Macbeth orders that Banquo and his son Fleance be killed because they pose a threat to Macbeth’s reign as King of Scotland. The murderers kill Banquo; however, Fleance is able to get away. Banquo’s final words to his son Fleance were for him to seek “revenge.” Between Act IV and Act V, Macbeth struggles with the contrast between illusion and reality. In Act IV, the three apparitions give Macbeth three prophecies. The first apparition, an armed head, warns Macbeth to “beware Macduff; beware the thane of Fife.” The second apparition, a bloody child, reveals to Macbeth that “none of woman born shall harm Macbeth.” The third apparition, a child crowned with a tree in his hand, declares that “Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him.” After Macbeth receives his three prophecies, he begins to feel secure and untouchable. However, Hecate stated in Act III that “security is mortals’ chiefest enemy.” This sets the scene for Act V when Macbeth is led to his doom and his tragic flaw proves

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