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Is Macbeth a Tragic Hero?
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.
Macbeth is filled blind ambition which leads him to take a violent and bloody path to the throne. These actions and this blindness is what eventually leads to his
Even though Lady Macbeth encourages him to murder Duncan, Macbeth almost decides against it.
The witches plant the seed of ambition when they tell Macbeth he "shalt be king hereafter."
Tragic heroes generally have a "fatal flaw"; Macbeth's flaw seems to be his devotion to his wife.
Macbeth is a pawn of fate, and all that occurs in the play is a fulfillment of prophesy. A tragic hero should exhibit free will.
Macbeth is responsible for the deaths of several characters, including innocent children.
Despite his initial trepidation, Macbeth does end up murdering the king, who had just rewarded him for his brave deeds, and who is guest in his home.
Even though he has become king, just as the witches predicted, Macbeth's attempted murder of Banquo's son is completely his own idea.
Once he has become king, Macbeth's hunger for power keeps on growing.
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