A Considering Aristotle’s characteristics of a tragic

            A tragic hero is a person who is seen as a hero, or seen
as someone with heroic qualities. It is predicted that fate dooms or destructs
the person, or the person goes through some sort of great suffering. The hero struggles
against the fate of destruction. Shakespeare’s famous play, Macbeth, is
a play set in medieval Scotland. This play involves a solider named Macbeth, in
the army of King Duncan. Three Witches tell Macbeth that he is going to be King,
the witches also predict that the future Kings will not be descendants of
Macbeth, but from his friend, Banquo. Macbeth did not think much of the
prediction and deided to let fate takes its course, until King Duncan nominates
his son, Malcolm, to be the next King, and not Macbeth. Lady Macbeth tells
Macbeth that he should kill the king, and she is able to persuade him. Macbeth
is doubtful but realizes the quickest way to become king, is by murdering him.

Lady Macbeth plans the murder of King Duncan and feels no remorse when the job
is done. Meanwhile, Macbeth is feeling very guilty. Even thought Macbeth is now
seated at the throne as King, he worries about the prediction that Banquo’s
descendants will be the next Scottish Kings. Without persuasion, Macbeth
decides to kill Banquo and his son. Banquo’s son, Fleance, runs away during the
murder of his father, which makes Macbeth go crazy at his palace banquet
dinner. Macbeth goes back to the witches and they tell him he is indestructible
in battle. He finds out his friend, Macduff, has abandoned him so he decides to
begin the final stage of his tragic descent, by killing Macduff’s son and wife,
instead of killing Macduff himself. Lady Macbeth kills herself because she
falls ill, starts sleep walking and talks about the details of the murder of
King Duncan. Malcolm and Macduff start a war with Macbeth, and Macbeth is
killed by Macduff. Macbeth was a brave, respected soldier, but after becoming
King, he changes into a heartless killer. Shakespeare’s tragic hero is
fundamentally a good person who falls because of a character flaw. Considering
Aristotle’s characteristics of a tragic hero, Macbeth qualifies as a classic
tragic hero. Macbeth’s “tragic flaw” is pride, Macbeth makes an error, and
Macbeth falls from fortune to misfortune, but otherwise, he is a good

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