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A Shakespearean tragic hero may be defined as "an exceptional being of high degree" who contributes to his own degeneration and illustrates a personality flaw. The character of Shakespeare's Macbeth is in all ways the perfect example of a tragic hero. His greatness and bravery in battle for his country ultimately leads him to be a great thane and eventually a powerful king, making his actions have a significant impact on a country. Macbeth's ambition on becoming a king leads to an obsession to remain in his current position. His ambition comes to a point where he falls to the temptation of evil which leads to Macbeth's inevitable downfall. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is portrayed as a brave man whose performance in Scotland's battle is celebrated. This is clearly evident from the courage in defense of Scotland in the opening scene. A wounded solider describes Macbeth's actions as "Cannons overcharg'd with double cracks ... Doubly redoubled strokes upon the foe" Act 1, scene 2, line 37-39 With such positive feedback from the battle, King Duncan can not help but be joyous towards Macbeth and his soldiers. His response to the valiant news is giving him a title which upbrings him from his present position "No more thane of Cawdor shall deceive ... and with his former title greet Macbeth... What hath lost noble Macbeth hath won" Before the hearing of his new title, Macbeth as well as his partner Banquo encounter three witches who give Macbeth a look of what his future beholds. With each word spoken from the witches, the importance he holds for Scotland increases. From Thane of Glamis, to Thane of Cawdor and eventually the all and mighty king. With all the praises he receives and learning about his new title, Macbeth's ambition to become a powerful king can not help but rises. Macbeth wins a battle and proves loyal to Duncan, however his ambition to become King is too strong to keep his morals. When his ambition is associated with the witch's prophecies, his morals become non-existent for he is easily persuaded into what he wants to hear. For a moment Macbeth's ambition takes over, when the thought of killing Duncan comes across his mind, however morality takes over. "Why do I yield to such suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair... If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir" In spite of this, Macbeth's moral decision is clouded by his ambition once again when he hears of Malcolm's succession to the throne. Wanting to become king and believing the witches, at this point he will not allow anything to get in the way of his future. Once Macbeth arrives home his plans change once again, knowing her husband is known for going back on a decision, Lady Macbeth decides to be the push he needs to go through with the plan. The failing of his decision reflects on her when she

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