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Macbeth is a truly tragic figure because we see a great man brought down by one great weakness. Discuss.

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Macbeth is a truly tragic figure because we see a great man brought down by one great weakness. Discuss William Shakespeare wrote four great tragedies, the last of which was written in 1606 and titled Macbeth. This Shakespearean classic centralizes around a "tragic hero", as considered by critics for the audience sympathizes with Macbeth despite his actions which indicate the contrary. Macbeth is about the fall from grace of a brave, noble and gallant man who consuming ambition is fueled by others. Prior to his fall Macbeth is a great man. "Worthy", "brave", and "noble" are but a few examples by which Macbeth is initially described, giving the audience an impression of a highly respected and honoured man destined for great things. Through his tireless services to king and country (as exampled in the battle against Macdonwald) Macbeth is universally showered with "golden opinions" especially by the king and in all his glory Macbeth remains humble and muddiest, resembling the true characters of a hero. ...read more.

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escorts him in death. Though tyrannical in office Macbeth is a repented character who pays for his crimes. Consuming ambition was the central cause of a great man's fall. Macbeth's ambition leads him to have his first thoughts of murder and to consider the witches prophesies whereas Banquo who was also promised great things in the future remains skeptical even after the Macbeth was hailed "Thane of Cawdor". Ambition also made him vulnerable to Lady Macbeth's manipulation. After identifying "vaulting ambition" as the only real reason for killing Duncan, Macbeth was in search of other reasons which came in the form of Lady Macbeth questioning his love for her, his bravery and his manhood. After attaining sovereignty Macbeth's overleaping ambition, insecurity and paranoia continued to devour him - thus resulting in his dictatorial rule. Ambition was the greatest cause of Macbeth's downfall. However it is not to say that ambition was the only cause of his down fall. ...read more.

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Both Lady Macbeth and the witches played significant role in Macbeth's downfall. Ultimately it has to be said that Macbeth was responsible for his own actions. While the witches were responsible for delivering the prophesies, Lady Macbeth was the persistently manipulative force behind him and his ambition was the consuming force driving him; Macbeth was solely accountable for his own actions. This is shown thought his words, he is in "blood stepp'd so far" it is too late to go back, implying that it is his conscious decision which chose to go on further in his tyrannical rule. As Macbeth takes the witches prophesies into his own hands changing the nature of the natural, moral and social order of the time to "catch the nearest way" to the throne. The Shakespearean classic Macbeth is a truly tragic play for it is about the fall of a man destined for great things. With the assistance of evil supernatural being (the witches) and the manipulation of his wife, Macbeth falls victim to his greatest character flaw, ambition. ...read more.

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