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Macbeth's Trail to Misfortune at William Shakespeare's Macbeth Macbeth is viewed as a tragic hero, he threatens his honor and neglects moral duty to attain power and position leading in his tragic ending. The substantial events that are cited in this paper are events that are unfolded to reveal the path that led a misfortuned man to lose his honor in his tragic ending. A Tragic hero is described as someone whose lifestyle is determined by four major elements: The first and most significant of those elements is destiny. Fate is defined as the power or force held to predetermine occasions. Fate is another word for one's fortune and destiny. The word fate is first mentioned in the play when Lady Macbeth receives Macbeth's letter telling of the witches' prophecies. She is fearful that he will not take advantage of his opportunity to take the crown "Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem to have thee crown would withal"(1.5 29-30). Macbeth faces his destiny at the end of the play after he created the monster within. The second part is Macbeth's weakness, which is fear. We frequently find this in Macbeth's personality. Being a tragic hero often involves fear because without fear Macbeth would not be human. He himself causes the panic that eats him alive. It's fear that ultimately returns and takes the life of the unlawful king. In Shakespeare and the Craft of Tragedy from William Rosen says, "Macbeth's fear isn't the panic of conscience, it's the terror that springs from his inability to control his own fate." (90). The next characteristic of a tragic hero is Macbeth's poor decision making which leads to his tragic end. Macbeth is continually acting without thinking because of his lust for power. Throughout the.