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Macbeth- Tragic flaw

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Macbeth is a great Shakespearean tragedy that portrays many "tragic flaws" of the central protagonist, Macbeth. Macbeth who has more then just one central "tragic flaw", rather he has a combination of smaller ones that all contribute to his downfall. The most obvious of the flaws is ambition. In the beginning of the play one sees Macbeth as a noble and courageous man. The story of his glorious victory over Norway creates the image of a very loyal and honorable man. In Act I scene ii, a conversation occurs between King Duncan and Ross in which they describe Macbeth using words like "brave" and "noble". However, the image of Macbeth as a "brave" and "noble" man is quickly ruined when Macbeth hears of the three prophecies. Macbeth becomes ambitious, and in his hunger for power he betrays his own king who has treated Macbeth well and with respect. Even Macbeth admits that he has been a good king, however his selfishness overcomes his feelings and he slays Duncan. Macbeth's ambition grows as the play continues. ...read more.


Macbeth believes and trusts everything Lady Macbeth tells him. In Act I scene vii Macbeth has his doubts about the outcome of his plan to kill King Duncan and become king himself. He explains this to his wife and she reasons with him. Lady Macbeth tells her husband that the plan is simple and that nothing can go wrong. Macbeth foolishly trusts her and kills the king. This is a very significant point in Macbeth's downfall. He has just taken his first step on his journey towards his death. Another significant example of blind faith is Macbeth's faith in the three witches. Since the very beginning Macbeth instilled trust in these three mystical beings. To a certain degree, trust must be given to the witches, as all three prophecy's become reality. Because of their past predictions, Macbeth had no reason to believe the rest would not be true. However Macbeth put far too much trust in what the three witches had to say. ...read more.


There are times during the play were you get a sense that Macbeth is trying to prove himself as a man. One very obvious example of this is in Act I scene vii. Macbeth has decided himself that he will not go through with killing Duncan. He tells his wife, "We will proceed no further in this business. He hath honour'd me of late, and I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people, Which be worn now in their newest gloss, Not cast aside so soon." Macbeth talks of honor and loyalty, he talks about what is right and what is wrong, his wife takes this talk as cowardice. Lady Macbeth questions her husbands' manliness and tries at him to get him to kill King Duncan. Macbeth feels the need to prove himself as a man when questioned by his wife and agrees to kill King Duncan. Macbeth's need to prove his manhood causes him to kill King Duncan. Macbeth's growing ambition, his blind faith in others and his need to feel manly are all factors which lead to his fatal downfall. ...read more.

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