Sad, Bad, or Mad? Do You Consider Macbeth to Be a Tragic Hero, Evil, or Bewitched?

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A tragic hero is someone who must begin noble and good, but is imperfect, so that the audience can see themselves in him. They are doomed from the start. In Macbeth’s case the witches are first on stage, and are planning to meet with Macbeth in the very beginning.
FIRST WITCH When shall we meet again? …
THIRD WITCH There to meet with Macbeth.
This shows that the witches are already plotting Macbeth’s fate.
A tragic hero must make a wrong decision himself or has a character flaw (ambitious, greedy…) which leads them down a path of bad events because of that one choice. They must realise what they have done, so this makes the audience feel sorry for the hero. The audience also feels fear because they know that the choice they made
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He was fighting well for his country, which is proof that he respects and wants to impress the king.

Lady Macbeth seems determined to persuade Macbeth into going through with the murder:
‘That I may pour my spirits in thine ear
And chastise with the valour of my tongue
All that impedes thee from the golden round…’
Lady Macbeth knows that she will be able to persuade Macbeth, this shows how much power she has over him. Usually it’s the husband that has power over the wife but in this case it’s different. Lady Macbeth even asks to be man: ‘unsex me here and fill me from the crown to the toe topfull of direst cruelty…’ Lady Macbeth’s words are very strong in contrast to Macbeth’s; it makes Macbeth seem good, in comparison. Lady Macbeth is completely driven by ambition, without thought. Whereas Macbeth thinks things through and reasons with himself, it takes him ages to be sure of a decision.

Macbeth decides that he is not going to go through with it: ‘…If th’assassination
Could trammel up, the consequences…’
This proves that Macbeth still has a moral conscience and is aware that if he did the deed there would be consequences. It also shows that Macbeth isn’t all evil and knows that what he plans to do is wrong. ‘…But in these

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