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Macbeth the Dead Butcher and His Fiend Like Queen

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Introduction

Macbeth the Dead Butcher and His Fiend Like Queen According to Aristotle, the tragedy by definition is constituted of certain structures. Of all these requirements, the most critical one is a tragic hero. Tragic hero by definition must possess one critical tragic flaw. Likewise, Shakespeare's famous tragedy Macbeth possesses the tragic heroes, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are both tragic heroes, because they share one tragic flaw; ambition. In the last scene of the play, Malcolm refers to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as "this dead butcher and his fiendlike queen." However, Malcolm's descriptions of Macbeth and his wife are not adequate, because Malcolm does not realize that their brutalities are due to their tragic flaw. Therefore, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are not "a butcher and fiendlike queen" but rather tragic heroes, for they attempt to be god-like, have moments of recognition, and ultimately fail. By virtue of their ambition, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth aspire to control the divine privilege, changing the predestined fate of kingship. From the very beginning of the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are surely ambitious figures but somewhat latent ones. Macbeth's startled reaction to witches' prophecies about him becoming a king is odd and suspicious. ...read more.

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Despite their recognition of misdeed, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, blinded by their ambition, decide to pursue their unjust and depraved goal. All the tragic heroes are bound to have their moments of recognition. Likewise, both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have their moments of recognition. However, they are so obsessed with achieving their ambitious goal that they do not stop when they should. Macbeth realizes that he has no reason or right whatsoever to kill the virtuous king Duncan. In his soliloquy, he goes over all the reasons why he should not kill Duncan: "First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; then, as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself. Besides, this Duncan hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been so clear in his great office, that his virtues will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against the deep damnation of his taking-off." However, all these numbers of reasons to not kill Duncan are outweighed with Macbeth's grandiose ambition as he cites so: " I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erlaps itself and falls on the other." ...read more.

Conclusion

Eventually, Lady Macbeth becomes insane, and commits a violent suicide. Having lost his wife, friends, honor, and respect, Macbeth no longer sees any meaning of life. He forlornly regrets his killing of Duncan, because now he realizes that his ambition has lost him all the accomplishments he has ever wished to possess. Nevertheless, it is too late to regret; therefore, Macbeth is killed by vengeful Macduff in the last battle. Finally, catharsis is achieved: the wrongdoers are punished, Macduff has performed his revenge, Malcolm regains his rightful claim to the throne of Scotland, and normalcy is achieved. Tragedy is tragic because of the magnificent heroes with such capabilities who become failures due to their one tragic flaw. In the play Macbeth, the most respected, honorable, and intrepid figure Macbeth trips into his downfall due to his tragic flaw, obsessive ambition. Also, the unusually strong and unique woman of the time, Lady Macbeth, takes the same path as her husband because of her excessive ambition. It is rather sympathetic that these great figures are bound to fail due to their one tragic flaw. If Malcolm had known of their unfortunate lives and tragic flaw, he would not have described Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as "the butcher and fiendlike queen"; rather, he would have acknowledged them as the true tragic heroes. ...read more.

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