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Macbeth a Tragic HeroA tragic hero is a person whos life is determined by four elements fate weakness inMacbeths case fear poor decision making and the realization of flaws with inability to prevent theoncoming tragedy First of all fate is defined as the power or force held to predetermine events Fate makes its first appearance in the play when Lady Mac receives Macbeths letter which tells of thewitches prophecies At this point Lady Mac is stricken with fear because she is afraid that Macbethwill not utilize his opportunity to seize the crown Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem tohave thee crowns withal 15 29-30 In the end Macbeth will have to come face to face with his fateand deal with it accordingly Secondly Macbeths weakness fear is another element in his being atragic hero This weakness is portrayed often in the character of Macbeth Oftentimes tragic heroesmust contain the element of fear because it is a very humanizing element so therefore without itthey would be some sort of superior human which they are not They are still human even thoughthey are heroes In the case of Macbeth his fear was created by himself due to the situations whichhe has involved himself with Eventually it is this self-induces self-produced fear which eatsMacbeth from the inside out In the end Macbeths fear becomes a totally all-inclusive all-consuming creature which takes his life and virtually rapes him of his unlawfully obtained positionBibliography1 Aspects of Macbeth Kenneth Muir Philip Edwards Cambridge University Press19782 The New Varioum Shakespeare Macbeth Horace Howard Furness New York American Scholar 19633 Shakespeare The Tragedy of Macbeth John Russell Brown Barons Educational Series Inc 19634 Double Profit in Macbeth H L Rogers Melbourne University Press 19645 Funk Wagnalls Standard Dictionary Lippincott Crowell Publishers 1980
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