William Shakespeare's shortest and bloodiest tragedy, Macbeth, is the telling of a righteous Scottish general who becomes a malevolent, power hungry man after the prophecies of a trio witches inform him he will become king of Scotland. Macbeth conforms to the definition of a true Shakespearean tragic hero throughout this story. Macbeth is an exceptional being, he contains a character weakness, and his downfall causes widespread consequences.
At the beginning of the play we are introduced to Macbeth, a brave general in the Scottish army, as well as the thane of Glamis. After a successful battle against the Irish militia, Macbeth and his companion Banquo are confronted by three witches. The witches hail Macbeth as Thane of Glamis as well as the Thane of Cawdor. After this, the trio of witches informs Macbeth that he shalt be king hereafter. At first the two companions brush the prophecies off as nothing, but soon realize that the witches spoke the truth as Ross appears and speaks to Macbeth: "Call thee Thane of Cawdor: In which addition, hail, most worthy thane! For it is thine." After realizing that the prophecies are true, Macbeth cannot come to a decision of whether to murder King Duncan and become the king of Scotland without hesitation, or to leave things as they are. Macbeth decides against the killing and says: "If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir". Nevertheless, after much thinking and a foolish decision, Macbeth changes his mind and goes through with the murder. After the bloody assassination of King Duncan is completed, Macbeth is crowned king and is proclaimed the most extraordinary man in all of Scotland, and believes that nothing can stop him.
Soon after Macbeth is given the title of Thane of Cawdor by King Duncan, Macbeths state of mind begins slowly deteriorate. His thoughts are immediately turned to evil, as he thinks "If good, why do I yield to that suggestion, whose horrid image doth unfix my hair, and make my seated heart knock at my ribs.