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Macbeth - Character flaws.

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Hamartia Jessica Sarai March 2005 Modern day society defines tragedy as life's bitterness and defeat. In the time of Macbeth, tragedy involves a great man from fortunate success falling to utter defeat, a state of chaos, and eventual death. The horrific tragedy of Macbeth captures the audience as they feel pity, sympathy, horror and fear. The supernatural is showcased and deaths are shown throughout the play. Macbeth is a man with one goal; to become king. His evil nature is shown to the audience and the tension increases. This tension is used to gain sympathy from the audience. His bloody downfall not only relieves the audience of its tension, but the tragic hero from his burden. However, who was responsible for Macbeth's death? Could his power hungry wife have pushed him to his demise? Macbeths' downfall was a direct result his character flaws. These hamartias are his greed for power, his ambition and his thirst for killing. Macbeths need to be all powerful was a direct cause of his death. ...read more.


Another character flaw that Macbeth possesses is his thirst for killing. His first kill sparked something inside of him. The old shy and nervous Macbeth was replaced with a new reckless and brave man. His need for power makes him want to remove all those around him that pose a threat, and his thirst for killing fuels that. As the seconds slips away on a clock, so does Macbeths ability to think logically. His seeking out of Macduff, his only real energy, was an unwise choice that eventually lead to his death. As Macbeth foreshadowed, 'It will have blood; blood will have blood:' (Act III. Scene iv line 22). Who was to know that instead of Macbeth talking about his past and future killings, he was referring to his own eventual bloody demise? It is easy to see that his hunger for killing people caused a chain of events that directly related to Macbeths own ending. Macbeth's ambition is a snake, it hides stealthy, waiting for its' pray, and attacks. ...read more.


This false security led to over confidence and him not fearing those he should. 'I cannot taint with fear. What's this boy Malcom? Was he not of woman born?' (Macbeth, Act V. Scene ii lines 3-4). After all, 'thou'lt be afraid to ...'(Macbeth, Act V. Scene vii line 5) hear his name, though his downfall comes from his display of over ambition. The tragic Shakespearean hero Macbeth had many tragic flaws that led to the downward spiral into evil. Those character defects are his greed for power, his ambition, and his desire to kill. The great tragedy of Macbeth's downfall will be relived for generations to come. This dark symphony of fear will be read and as Shakespeare manages to capture the passion and emotion onto a page of words, it affects us as people for the rest of our lives. Lessons learnt from Macbeth may carry with us for years to come. As Shakespeare portrays the many faces of evil, the audience is left with a lasting impression of a most famous piece of literature and art. KEY Similie Parallelism Metaphor ...read more.

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