In Macbeth, is Macbeth a tragic hero?

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Macbeth is indeed a tragic hero and shares the necessary character traits as defined by Aristotle in his Poetics to be considered a tragic hero. A tragic hero must hail from nobility and occupy a high social status. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is the Thane of Glamis, who is revered for his accomplishments in battle. A tragic hero must also be virtuous, which is something Macbeth initially portrays through his loyalty to King Duncan and his courage in battle.

A tragic hero must also have a tragic flaw, also known as a hamartia, which leads to their demise. In addition to their specific tragic flaw, hubris must also play a role in their downfall. Macbeth's tragic flaw is his vaulting ambition while hubris also plays a role in his demise when he begins to feel invincible after receiving his second set of prophecies.

Macbeth proceeds to make the costly decision to murder King Duncan, which only leads to more murders as Macbeth develops into a bloodthirsty tyrant. Macbeth ends up murdering

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