Is Macbeth the tragic hero of the play 'Macbeth?' This question may seem to be redundant; however, not all of Shakespeare's 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.'
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of the characteristics of a tragic hero. He is an important character in the play, has a character flaw, has one good quality, has someone to tempt him, deserves his fate, and was punished for the crime which he has committed. Macbeth definitely is the tragic hero of 'Macbeth.'
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Shakespeare, William. 'Macbeth' Ed. Margaret Kortes. Toronto: Harbrace Brace,1988.