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December 16 1996Advanced English 11Tragic hero essayOne might choose to assent to the statement Macbeth is a tragic hero This conclusion may be based upon certain characteristics proposed by Aristotle that warrants him worthy of such a title Aristotle stated that a tragic hero must be of certain qualities a man of noble stature good though not perfect have a fall that results from committing an act of injustice which is his own fault and receive a punishment that exceeds the crimeA tragic hero is one of noble stature and is good Macbeth is known as the Thane of Cawdor He receives this honor because he has just returned from a military success that has covered him in glory Macbeth can be considered good at the start of the work He is good although he is not perfect He has a good heart and is in a keen state of mind before he hears the witches prophecy Macbeth does not begin to become evil until he is convinced to act on the prophecy by Lady Macbeth Lady Macbeth is the evil one who poisons Macbeths mind although she is only encouraging her husband to do what she feels is in his best interestThe heros downfall is his own fault the result of his own free choice not the result of an accident or fate An accident andor fate may be a contributing factor in the heros downfall but are not alone responsible Macbeths downfall is entirely his fault He chose to listen to the witches prophecy Banquo heard the same prophecy but chose not to allow himself to be duped Macbeth could have done the same thing He instead chose to accept the prophecy and act upon it Macbeth spends most of the play in moral indecision Lady Macbeth encourages him but it is he that chooses his actionsA tragic heros misfortune is not wholly deserved The punishment exceeds the crime Macbeth does not
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