Other than these actual deaths, the story likewise led to the attempted murder of Banquo’s son Fleance, and the eventual suffering of the whole Scottish nation. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all lies in the fact that Macbeth was actually a noble and heroic personality who was brought to his demise and thus arouses feelings of pity and terror in the hearts of audiences, which is one of the most notable characteristics of a tragic drama (Dwivedi, 2002). References Dwivedi, A. M. (2002). Shakespeare's Macbeth. Anmol Books. Holt, Rinehart and Winston Inc. (2000). Elements of literature: Literature of Britain, with world literature. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. McEachern, C. E. (2002). The Cambridge companion to Shakespearean tragedy. Cambridge University Press.