How Does Shakespeare Present the Flaws in Macbeth’s Character Which Lead to His Downfall and Psychological Destruction? Essay

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Shakespeare presents the flaws in Macbeth’s character using prophecies from the witches, juxtaposition in his soliloquys, and Lady Macbeth slowly manipulating him to do deeds that in the end lead to his demise. In Act 1 Scene 2 Shakespeare uses 2 characters talking about Macbeth to portray the idea that Macbeth is a loyal, brave and tenacious character and he uses imagery to show this. The sergeant tells us that Macbeth “with smok’d with bloody execution, like valour’s minion carv’d out his passage.” The imagery of “valour’s minion” is used to suggest that Macbeth is Valour’s favourite person and that he is the bravest person other than Valour himself. The imagery used to suggest that he is also a very violent person, able to commit acts that were perhaps disturbed is “smok’d with bloody execution.” This quote tells us that Macbeth is perhaps considered a violent person, but it is acceptable because it is for the King, therefore it is the right reason. In Act 2 Scene 1, just before Macbeth kills the King, we see signs of his psychological destruction when he hallucinates about the dagger. Shakespeare shows us this through Macbeth’s soliloquy. Macbeth says “Is this a dagger that I see before me, the handle towards my hand?” This quote uses imagery and a rhetorical question to suggest the Macbeth is seeing the dagger. Macbeth questions whether or not the dagger is really there, this makes us believe that the dagger is a hallucination. The suggestion that the handle is facing Macbeth makes this imagery even stronger, it also makes us think that Macbeth is questioning whether or not the dagger is meant for him. Shakespeare shows us that Macbeth is slowly losing his mind even more by using exclamation marks and a rhetorical question in Act 2 Scene 2. Macbeth says “when every noise appals me? What hands are here! Ha!” The over use of exclamation marks shows

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