Macbeth Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

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What is so important that Macbeth should be first to be presented to us a brave and honored soldier?

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Because in a Shakespearean tragedy , the tragedy consists in part of the fall of a basically good man through his own 'fatal flaw' - in Macbeth's case, 'vaulting ambition'. His virtue should be clear so that his fall is evident.

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Macbeth is truly a tragic hero. A tragic hero is a character who is basically good and honorable, but he has a flaw that leads to his downfall. Macbeth is shown as a brave and honored soldier at the beginning of the play so that we can see his decline as he begins to plot his evil deeds. Macbeth's...

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