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The defining of Macbeth as a successful tragedy depends upon the definition of tragedy one uses.
First, according to one definition, a tragedy is
a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction.
a form of drama based on human suffering that invokes in its audience an accompanying catharsis or pleasure in the viewing.
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