Was Macbeth a Tragic Hero?

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Jusline Hajar Mrs. Kadaoui English 20 May 20 2013 The Epidemic Of a Tragic Hero Macbeth is a very tragic story. Three witches tell Macbeth that he will become the thane of Cawdor, the thane of glams and will also become the king. Macbeth overcomes and fails throughout this story to try and make these prophesies reality. Macbeth goes through many situations and faces many deaths as he thrives to become leader. A hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities. Macbeth had courage throughout the play; he was frightened as to what the fight for leader could of done to him. He achieved many things to a certain extent; he passed and failed at times but never gave up. Although Macbeth…show more content…
He possessed every component that a tragic hero would have. Even though he didn’t have such a hereditary sovereign, he gained it by whatever method necessary. According to Aristotle's theory, in order for a character to be a Tragic hero, the character must not be a saint nor a villain, he should Have some virtues, have a tragic flaw, and have hubris. (“Aristotle’s Tragic Term ” Ohio. Greek and Roman. New York: Barrons, 1959.) Macbeth meets all of these requirements, and can therefore be called a tragic hero. “Macbeth is the doer of great deeds, and the possessor of great power or strength.” (“Macbeth” Wiki. N.p. 18 August 2009) Word Cited Aristotle. Poetics. Trans. Gerald F. Else. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1967. Dorsch, T. R., trans. and ed. Aristotle Horace Longinus: Classical Literary Criticism. New York: Penguin, 1965. Ley, Graham. The Ancient Greek Theater. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1991. Reinhold, Meyer. Classical Drama, Greek and Roman. New York: Barrons, 1959. Donovan, Susan. "What is a Tragic Hero." UDL Book Builder. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2013. <http://bookbuilder.cast.org/view_print.php?book=42569>. "Macbeth." Shmoop: Homework Help, Teacher Resources, Test Prep. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2013. <http://www.shmoop.com/macbeth/>. "Macbeth." Tragic Hero. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2005. <wiki.answers.com/Q/In_the_story_Macbeth_Does_the_end_settle_the_problem_of_the_story>. "Macbeth by William
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