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Major British and American Authors Macbeth as an Aristotelian Tragic Hero In William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, Macbeth has many different sides to his character . At some points in the play, his character has honorable intentions, but these intentions are often thwarted by his tragic flaw . Macbeth is a classic tragic hero as described by Aristotle . He is between both moral extremes because he is not completely good or evil, but his downfall is brought about by a tragic flaw . This tragic flaw is Aristotle’s second requirement for a tragic hero . The last requirement is that the character must be highly renowned or prosperous, which as a general of the King’s army, he most certainly was . Macbeth’s role as a tragic hero causes the reader to experience pity and fear for the character . The first characteristic of a tragic hero that Macbeth fits is that he is in the middle of both moral extremes . He is not an extremely virtuous man, but he does seem to have some kind of morals throughout much of the play . In Act I, Scene V, Macbeth learns that Duncan named his son, Malcolm, the Prince of Cumberland, which makes him the successor to the throne . Macbeth thinks that he will have to do something about Malcolm in order to become king, but he feels regret at his dark desire . This shows that even though he had evil thought, he was still good enough to find the situation to be embarrassing
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