The Tragic Macbeth Zoie Ford and Caleb Grant

A protagonist of high estate

"I know I am Thane of Glamis" (1.3.71)

This title is showing that he is already higher than others, yet it also gives him a craving to become more known and to have a higher position/king.

A tragic flaw

"That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself and falls on th' other" (1.7.25-28)

He says the only thing has to spur him on his ambition.

Gains a sense of urgency

"Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee."

He's envisioning a dagger because he knows that if he wants to kill the king he's going to miss his window if he doesn't act now.

Misreads info or rationalizes actions

"Thou marshal'st me the way that I was going." (2.1.42)

The dagger is pointing in the way of Duncan telling him to go kill him. It makes him want to do it more.

Murder, exile, alienation of enemies and allies

"I have done the deed." (2.2.14)

He just killed the king!

Isolation of tragic hero.

"Let every man be master of his time till seven at night." (3.1.40.) "Till supper time alone." (3.1.43)

He is telling his guests to do whatever they want until seven, so that Macbeth can be alone.

Mobilization of opposition against him.

"There is ten thousand soldiers, sir." (5.3.13)

There is an army coming towards Macbeth's castle.

Recognition of tragic flaw, but it's too late.

"I am in blood stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er." (3.4.136-138)

He realizes he can't turn back. It would be just as hard to turn back as to go forward.

Death of tragic hero.

"th' usurper's cursed head. The time is free." (5.8.55)

Macduff is holding Macbeth's head showing that he killed him.

Restoration of the natural order of things.

"We shall not spend a large expense of time before we reckon with your several loves, and make us even with you. My thanes and kinsmen, Henceforth be earls, the first that ever named Scotland in such honor named. What's more to do, which would be planted newly with time. As calling home over exiled friends abroad, that fled the snares of watchful tyranny" (5.8.60-67)

Malcolm is saying that they're going to put everything back in order.

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