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The tragedy in Shakespeare's Macbeth lies in the weakness of Macbeth's character, discuss.

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THE TRAGEDY IN SHAKESPEARE'S 'MACBETH' LIES IN THE WEAKNESS OF MACBETH'S CHARACTER, DISCUSS. At the start of the play, Macbeth is portrayed as a brave and loyal warrior. He leads a heroic assault against the Norwegians by killing and beheading the main enemy of his country Scotland during the war. This shows us that he is physically strong. Ross describes him as the hero of the battle. "For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name". Due to the good deed he did for his country, by killing their enemy, he was seen as a good and faithful citizen of Scotland. In King Duncan's view, he deserved to be the new "Thane Of Cawdor" since the old one betrayed them. Ross is instructed by the king, "And with his former title greet Macbeth" When Macbeth meet with the witches for the first time on the heath, and they told him he would be king, he at first didn't believe them but when after they predicted that he would be "Thane Of Cawdor" and it came true, he started believing them. ...read more.


"When you durst do it, then you were a man" At first he refuses to do as his wife requested because he liked the praises he received from people and also because he knew the king as a good king and did not deserve to die. He tells Lady Macbeth "We will proceed no further in this business" That didn't last for long because after a while, the pressure being put on him by his wife starts to affect him. His love for his wife, his need `for her approval and his own decision, lead to his agreement to carry out the murder. As soon as he finishes, he tells Lady Macbeth "I have done the deed" He's a cold and calculating killer on the battlefield. He didn't have it in his heart to kill innocent people but he was ambitious enough to have gone ahead with the plan. He should have stood adamant and refuse to give in to what his wife suggested. Macbeth is a very heartless. ...read more.


"Tis better thee without than he within" When he realised he reign was coming to an end, instead of running for his life, he went back to the witches who were the start of his problem initially for help. "... Answer me, to what I ask you" If not that he was a superstitious person, he would never have died at the time he did. He would have escaped because he still had some soldiers on his side and they would have helped him escape. He had a false sense of security. He believed he was safe since the witches told him that no one born of a woman could harm him."... For none born of a woman shall harm Macbeth" He believed them so instead of running, he stayed and fought to the last. Again, had he been stronger, he would not have gone back to the witches or listen to them. His supernatural belief, brought about Macbeth downfall because all his misfortune started after his meeting with the witches. Created by Yemibo Chinakwe English Shakespeare Coursework - 1 - ...read more.

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