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Is Macbeth a Tragic Hero?
At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is considered a hero by all the other characters who speak of him.
The very first mention of Macbeth is from a nameless Sergeant "For brave Macbeth--well he deserves that name" (Act 1, Sc ii) and further "O valiant cousin! worthy gentleman!" from Duncan.
Macbeth's consequent actions undermine this entirely, rendering him a villain, not a hero.