Tragic heroes generally share a group of similar characteristics. They are as follows:
- The character is of higher status or nobility
- Although the character is noble and great, the character has to be relatable to an audience
- The character is at fault for his/her own downfall. The downfall is usually triggered because of some character flaw. Most teachers refer to that flaw as the "tragic flaw."
- The hero's downfall isn't entirely deserved, but the hero does recognize that his downfall was his fault.
I believe that Macbeth easily fits three of those four characteristics.
When the play begins, the audience is told that Macbeth is great in two ways. First he is a member of the ruling class. He is a thane, which means that he is most definitely not a lowly servant or common foot soldier. The audience also learns that Macbeth is indeed...
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