A tragic hero was defined by Aristotle as one who falls from grace into a state of extreme unhappiness. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth the protagonist Macbeth is a perfect example of a tragic hero. He holds an importance to his society; in the beginning as an fearless nationalist, fighting for his country and then eventually he became king. Macbeth did have some character flaws such as, his great ambition and he had made many grave errors in judgement, one of them being the murder of the King of Scotland Duncan. Throughout the events of the plot Macbeth progressively become miserable.
There were outside forces which contributed to his corruption; the main force would be the three witches. A Shakespearean tragic hero contains all or most of the following qualities: providing a moral example to the audience, suffering public humiliation, and meeting his doom with courage and dignity which Macbeth did all of.