How does Macbeth's ambition lead him to his tragic demise in Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Macbeth, the protagonist and tragic hero in William Shakespeare's Macbeth, possess hamartia. Hamartia, named by Aristotle in Poetics, is a tragic flaw possessed by any tragic hero. This flaw is just that, tragic (meaning deadly).

Macbeth's hamartia is his ambition. While his ambition grows over the course of the play, it exists prior to his hearing of the prophecy of the witches . Given that he is a renowned soldier,...

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