Why is it important for Macbeth to be introduced as a brave and honored soldier?

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Because in a Shakespearean tragedy , the tragedy consists in part of the fall of a basically good man through his own 'fatal flaw' - in Macbeth's case, 'vaulting ambition'. His virtue should be clear so that his fall is evident.

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Macbeth is truly a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a character who is basically good and honorable, but he has a flaw that leads to his downfall. Macbeth is shown as a brave and honored soldier at the beginning of the play so that we can see his decline as he begins to plot his evil deeds. Macbeth's flaw is his ambition. He wants to be king and decides he will become king at any cost. The killing of the king is the first step in his downfall. By the end of the play, he is killed as a butcher with his head carried on a pole so others can celebrate his death. Readers can see that Macbeth's desire for ambition causes him to be viewed at the end of the play as a man who is totally opposite of how he's portrayed at the beginning of the play.

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Ah, good question. From the time of classical Greek theater on, the ideal of the tragedy was that a man of some stature faced a situation that toppled him, evoking, as Aristotle said, fear and pity. Shakespeare's theater didn't hold to that ideal as strictly as some, but in general, the idea was that for a man's fall to matter and have powerful emotional impact, he needed to hold a position of honor and/or favor at the start. To put that another way, who cares if a murderer murders, or a thief steals? That's who they are. But if a good soldier betrays those to whom he should be loyal, that hurts. That matters.

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Why is it important that Macbeth should first be presented to us as a brave and honored soldier?

Remember, Macbeth is a tragedy, so it is important for Macbeth to be introduced as a hero in the play to not only develop character but to develop the plot of this tragedy. The entire plot is based on Macbeth's tragic fall from a hero to a nefarious thane who plots the murder of the very king for whom he fought like "valor's minion" in protecting him and his country.  This change both mystifies and entertains the viewer causing the viewer to question the reasons for Macbeth's metamorphosis.

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Macbeth is first presented to us as a brave, honored soldier. Why is this important?

Macbeth is initially portrayed as a valiant, loyal soldier to King Duncan, who defeats the Norwegians along with MacDonwald and the former Thane of Cawdor at the beginning of the play. Macbeth's capacity for greatness is an essential element of being a tragic hero. Since Shakespeare's Macbeth is a tragedy, the tragic hero, Macbeth, must eventually succumb to an inherent character flaw that leads to his demise. In order for the audience to sympathize with Macbeth and experience catharsis, his character must also possess some positive qualities and have a capacity for accomplishing good, which is why he is initially depicted as an honorable warrior. Macbeth's unchecked ambition leads to his demise and the audience commiserates with his fall from glory. By the end of the play, Macbeth has gone from being considered a valiant, respected soldier to a brutal, hated tyrant. Macbeth's fall from glory is not only an essential element of being a tragic hero but also highlights the negative effects of unchecked ambition, all while causing the audience to experience catharsis because of his demise.

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Macbeth is first presented to us as a brave, honored soldier. Why is this important?

It also shows that this type of downfall can happen to anyone, even the best of men. It reminds us that it is important not to be overcome by blinding ambition so much so that we stop listening to our conscience or those around us.

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Macbeth is presented by Shakespeare early in the play as a brave and honoured soldier. Why is this important? 

This is important for several reasons. First, the sergeant's description of Macbeth's deeds in battle delight Duncan, giving the audience a chance to see how highly he thinks of Macbeth. Duncan exclaims, "O valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman!" when he hears how Macbeth has killed the rebel Macdonwald. But the gory details also show that Macbeth is capable of extreme violence. He essentially split the man open with his sword, cut his head off, and put it on the top of the castle. The first point underscores the treachery Macbeth engages in by murdering a man who put so much faith in him; the second foreshadows some of his violent deeds later in the play. More generally, the presentation of Macbeth as a noble man at the beginning of the play allow him to explore the many ways in which ambition, and, arguably, the supernatural, can destroy people's lives.

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