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What are some ways which Macbeth is NOT a tragic hero?I am doing an essay on whether he...

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letsgotonarnia | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 26, 2011 at 6:44 AM via web

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What are some ways which Macbeth is NOT a tragic hero?

I am doing an essay on whether he is a tragic hero or not. I am doing a four paragraph essay, showing why he is a hero, then why he isn't. Reasons I already have are:
1) Although he is being driven by lady macbeth, he is doing it consciously, therefore he is doing it for selfish reasons.

2) The tragic hero is always the protagonist, but he is not in the play.

I need at least one more, please!

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted March 22, 2012 at 6:32 AM (Answer #1)

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innersea | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 26, 2011 at 9:56 AM (Answer #2)

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Doubtless, he was beheaded and vanquished by Mcduff. But, this doesnt mean he was unwittingly and ,therefore, tragically defeated. Aware of the witches' prophecy that he will be certainly defeated when Birnam Woods shall come against him; that Macduff surreptitiously fled Ireland for England_obviously for no other reason than to join and help the slaughered king's sons hatch their muderous plan to wreak havoc on Macbeth_ the latter is ,thus, anything but a tragic hero like , say, joe christmas of Light in August. Rather than tragic, he is dilatory in that he procrastinated his preordained(by the witches)-albeit not deterministically tragic_ end. To put it differently, he could have averted this ostensibly "tragic" end if he only had left Duninsane as soon as he caught sight of the English army approaching his castle. The fact that he had, but missed, that opportunity to sidetrack his "tragic" end means that he is not a tragic, hapless victim buffeted hither and thither and ultimately undone by fate.

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