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Macbeth is a classic example of a Shakespearean tragic hero Macbeths character evolves from a noble war hero to a violent individual who will willingly kill in order to gain power There are three main points that contribute to Macbeths demise firstly the prophecies which are told to him by the witches secondly how Lady Macbeth influences him and finally how Macbeths ambition drives his desire for power Macbeth is a tragic hero in that he is initially portrayed as a hero though he has a fatal flaw ambition Several events in a chain reaction lead to his demise Macbeth is recognised as a tragic hero as he compromises his honour and negates moral responsibility in order to attain power and the position of King The fatal flaw in Macbeths character can be identified at several points in the play through certain characteristics of Macbeth including greed arrogance superstition and paranoia which all lead to his tragic death The reason that many of the characters die is that they have a flaw which leads them to their downfall However not every character deserves this fate For example Duncans flaw is that he is too trusting though he does not deserve to be killed for this We are introduced to the three witches at the start of the play They are predicting a meeting with Macbeth The fact that the prediction comes true strengthens some claims that the witches have a strong role in the events of the play The following line used by the witches can be seen as a general summary of the play fair is foul and foul is fair Macbeth is then introduced to the reader as a hero in that he has had victory in war Macbeths battles with Macdonald are reported to King Duncan who has a very positive attitude towards Macbeth shown by Duncan pronouncing Macbeth Thane of Cawdor This positive attitude towards Macbeth
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