The character of Macbeth is a example of a tragic hero.
There are many factors which contribute to the deterioration of Macbeth of which
three will be discussed. The three points which contribute greatly to Macbeth's
deterioration are the prophecy which was told to him by the witches, how Lady
Macbeth influenced and manipulated Macbeth's judgment, and finally Macbeth's
long time ambition which drove his desire to be king. Macbeth's growing character
deterioates from a noble man to violent individual.
The prophecies which were told by the witches were one of the factors which
contributed to the deterioration of his character. If it had not been for the witches
telling him that he was to be Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis, and King of
Scotland, Macbeth would still be his ordinary self. As a result of the prophecies, this
aroused Macbeth's curiosity of how he could be King of Scotland. As the play
progresses, Macbeth slowly relies on the witches prophecies.
The influence of Macbeth's wife, Lady Macbeth also contributed to his deterioration
of character. Lady Macbeth's character in the beginning reveals that she is a lovable
person. When Lady Macbeth was ready to kill King Duncan herself, it showed that
Lady Macbeth could not murder King Duncan because he reminded her of her
father. This proves that Lady Macbeth has a heart deep inside her. Lady Macbeth
plays an important role in this play b...