Aristotle’s first definition of a tragic hero is that “he is of noble status and had greatness. This should be evident in the play” (Aristotle). Macbeth shows this when “bade me, from him, call thee Thane of Cawdor”(1.3.105). He is shown to be in very high honor as he has been given the title Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth also states that he is said to be a brave fighter. This is clear when Duncan, “For brave Macbeth--well he deserves that name”(1.2.18). It is clear that Macbeth is of noble rank from the beginning of the play.
Ariststole also states that hero’s fall from grace is partially his own fault. Macbeth’s hamartia or tragic flaw was in fact his blind ambition. Macbeth did not care about what it took to get in the thrown. He would get rid of any one that stood in his way. As said in the article by Edmund Cusick, there is a “central paradox in the play, while Macbeth becomes a murder and a tyrant, He remains a hero”(Cusick) Macbeths downfall could not be solely blamed upon him. The witches had helped him on to his path on which he had already decided. Macbeth himself states, “Let not light see my black and deep desires”(1.4.53). From the begging it shows that Macbeth always had the desire to in fact kill the king. Lady Macbeth was only there to push him to what he had truly wanted.
As stated by Cusick, threw out the play Macbeth is shown as a , “heroic murder” (Cusick). This is accomplished in many ways through out the play. Macbeth is shown “killing one man, and that is in battle at the end”(Cusick). In all the other times in the play he has other characters do his dirty work. Macbeth is shown as a clean and only brought down by his blind ambition in the end.
Macbeth from the play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare truly does epitomize a tragic hero by the Aristotle definition. Macbeth has many noble qualities but he does contain what every tragic hero needs, tragic flaws. While he is brave and good nobleman he also contains the flaws of having blind...