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Macbeth as a Tragic Hero For Macbeth to be considered a Tragic Hero he must have some potential nobility some good qualities that make his downfall terrifying He must be examined as a human being with human weaknesses Is he one who as Lady Macbeth says Act I Sc v is too full of the milk of human kindness To catch the nearest way or is he the butcher that Malcolm considers him to be in the final scene of the play Or is he a victim of his ambition or of moral weaknesses or of his limited concept of manliness or even of a combination of circumstances that cause him to fall From the opening scene Macbeth is chosen as a target for temptation the witches as agents of evil plan their trap so the stage is set for his downfall One good quality of Macbeth is his bravery We learn of his physical prowess and bravery on the battlefield - brave Macbeth valours minion valiant cousin Worthy gentleman he is an eagle a lion and Bellonas bridegroom These are the outward signs as seen by the Captain Duncan and Ross Act I Scii Unfortunately Macbeth is prone to temptation In the following scene we observe his interest in the Witches predictions He is tempted - Your children shall be Kings but temptation is not guilt When Ross tells him he has been made Thane of Cawdor Macbeth asks Why do you dress me in borrowed robes Does this suggest that at this stage he wants no honours that are not rightfully his A Materialist - In this soliloquy aside in Act ISc iii we see how the fulfilment of the first prediction is working on him Does he show himself to be a materialist here looking for success and closing his eyes to the fact that achievement and goodness do not necessarily go together Is this what Lady Macbeth
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