﻿ Macbeth: a Tragic Hero
A tragic hero is a person who’s life is determined by four elements: fate, weakness (in
Macbeth’s case, fear), poor decision making, and the realization of flaws with inability to prevent the
oncoming 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 Macbeth’s letter which tells of the
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becomes a totally all-inclusive, all-
consuming creature which takes his life and virtually rapes him of his unlawfully obtained position
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4) ‘Double Profit” in Macbeth, H. L. Rogers, Melbourne University Press 1964.
5) Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary, Lippincott & Crowell, Publishers 1980