Essay on The Tragic Heros in Macbeth and Things Fall Apart

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Macbeth, a tragedy that was written by William Shakespeare in the 17th century is a play that expresses how ambition destroys people and how a strong pull for desire of power can have over a man. Macbeth is a tragic hero and had it not been for the witches prophecies and his wife's ambition and interaction with him, the play would be been ended very differently. From the beginning, Macbeth is doomed by fate to descend into the madness, which in the end he did. Of course like every other tragic hero, Macbeth had a tragic fall which lead him to his ultimate downfall. His tragic flaw was his vaulting ambition and his hunger overall for power. Macbeth realizes his ambition when he himself says “ I have no spur to prick the sides of my …show more content…
Even though it was the witches who planted the seeds in Macbeth’s head, Lady Macbeth was the one who watered them and helped them grow. Lady Macbeth can be described as the driving force behind the murder of Duncan. Yes Macbeth had considered this plan before but he never initially pushed it. In Act 1, scene 7 Macbeth tells his wife, “We will proceed no further in this business.” but his wife convinces him to go through the plan by questioning his manhood, “When you durst do it, then you were a man; and to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man.” Lady Macbeth helps fill his mind with ideas of power and with Macbeth's tragic flaw, it is impossible for Macbeth to resist the temptation but ultimately what separates Macbeth from just being a villain to a tragic hero is his sense of guilt and his knowledge of the consequences of his actions. His emotions and guilt end up driving him crazy, along with Lady Macbeth. She ends up committing suicide and Macbeth gets killed by his own people.
In Chinua Achebe’s novel “Things Fall Apart” the main character, Okonkwo is a tragic hero. Okonkwo had an unfortunate start. He didn’t have the start in life which other men his age typically do. He did not have a barn to inherit from his father and he has spent his time working to be a part of the upper class in his tribe but that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t already a high ranking person at the

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