Macbeth is not a Hero in William Shakespeare's Macbeth Essay
Could someone who kills innocent people possibly be considered a hero? In William Shakespeare's tragic drama "Macbeth" this question is raised. According to the Greek philosopher Aristotle there are certain requirements that categorize a person to be a tragic hero, some of which Macbeth does possess. However, Macbeth does not complete the entire cycle of requirements. Although many readers believe that Macbeth exemplifies Aristotle's tragic hero, in reality he does not comply with this definition. He is not outstanding and virtuous, nor does he achieve insightful recognition or redemption.
Macbeth is not outstanding and virtuous because someone who needs to brutally kill …show more content…
Out damned spot! Out, I say! One: two: why, then 'tis time to do 't. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fir! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call out poe'r to accompt? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? (314).
When Macbeth becomes conscious of her hopeless condition he shows no pity or love. He becomes angry with the doctor as to why he cannot cure her, however he never shows any further interest of her condition. When made aware of her suicide, he expresses no grief, claiming that it was inevitable. "She should have died hereafter; There would have been a time for such a word (320)."
Furthermore, Macbeth is not a tragic hero because he does not achieve insightful recognition. He loses any respect he had from the nobles and the people of Scotland. "This tyrant whose sole name blisters our tongues, was once thought honest: you have loved him well;" (304). In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is merely a nobleman and a Scottish general in King Duncan's army. Macbeth later becomes the deserving Thane of Glamis and Cawdor and the undeserving King of Scotland. (Dominic 255).
Macbeth also kills his former best friend Banquo. A true hero would never extinguish his allies or friends. Banquo is killed because he knows too much about the murder of Duncan. But that is not his