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Is Macbeth the tragic hero of the play Macbeth This question may seem to be redundant however not all of Shakespeares Tragedies are named after their tragic heroes For example Julius Caesar is not the tragic hero of Julius Caesar A tragic hero must conform to a set of characteristics which evolved all the way from ancient to medieval times Macbeth conforms to these characteristics and is the tragic hero of Macbeth The death of an ordinary person in Medieval times was not considered tragic This idea was based on the notion of fall If a peasant died his death meant very little because he had not far to fall In other words a peasant did not have much of a life to lose However if a king or noble were to die his death would be a very long fall since to the Medieval mind he had a great deal to lose Macbeth is a very important person He is a cousin to the king of Scotland He is the highest ranking noble the thane of Cawdor and Glamis and a general of the Scottish army He also becomes the king of Scotland later in the play Despite his status he has a character defect A tragic hero must have a character flaw This character flaw causes him to make an error in judgment a mistaken act which leads to his downfall Because Macbeth is ambitious he wants to become king In order to take over the throne he kills Duncan and thus commits his terrible crime and eventually is punished The tragic hero must deserve his fate He must not simply make a mistake like stepping off a curb in front of a moving vehicle He must commit some terrible crime for which he is punished People of the Elizabethan Period were well aware of the problems created when kings are murdered The Fifteenth Century was
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