Macbeth Essay | Macbeth as a Tragic Hero

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Macbeth as a Tragic Hero

Summary: William Shakespeare's Macbeth is a tragic hero, given the general understanding of a tragic hero as a "literary character that makes an error of judgement or has a fatal flaw, combined with fate and external forces, brings on tragedy." By the end of "Macbeth," we see Macbeth's noble and heroic qualities even in the face of his terrible actions.
To explain whether William Shakespeare's Macbeth is a tragic hero we first have to understand the definition of a tragic hero. It is a `literary character that makes an error of judgement or has a fatal flaw, combined with fate and external forces, brings on tragedy'. It is also a `protagonist that is otherwise perfect except for a tragic flaw that eventually leads to his demise at the end'. A tragic hero must possess four qualities, goodness, superiority, a tragic flaw and the realisation of the flaw and his inevitable demise. He must make an error of judgement; he must have external forces pressing on him. In Aristotle's definition, he says that a tragic hero after the fall must `suffer with dignity'.

There are numerous points to support the statement that Macbeth is a tragic hero. There is evidence to show Macbeth suffered with dignity...

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