Macbeth Essay

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The Downfall of Macbeth Ever since the times of the ancient Greeks, there have been plays described as tragedies. They are much different from the stories with happy endings that people love so much today. Tragedies involve a tragic hero with a serious character flaw. This fatal flaw leads to their downfall, and usually their death. Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth is no different. This play is centered around a man who starts out as a well respected thane. However, after 3 witches prophesize that he shall one day be king, he shows his fatal flaw. His flaw is one seen in many tragedies, ambition. His desire for power causes him to murder the king of Scotland, Duncan, who he had great respect for. After Macbeth is crowned king, his ambition leads him to kill anyone who might stand in his way including his former good friend Banquo. Even though his ambition is his fatal flaw other factors play a part in his downfall. In William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, Macbeth’s downfall is caused by his obsession with the witches’ prophecies, his ability to be influenced by his wife, and his transformation into a harsh and violent man. To begin, Macbeth’s obsession with the witches’ prophecies causes him to make strange decisions and do strange things. From the moment Macbeth realizes that the witches’ first prediction has come true his life revolves around the words of the witches. Every time Macbeth hears a prediction, “the superstitious awe and breathless suspense into which the communications of the Weird Sisters throw him, is hurried on with daring impatience to verify their predictions” (Hazlitt 170). In other words, whenever Macbeth hears a prediction from the witches he immediately runs out to try to make the prediction come true instead of just letting it happen naturally. For example, when the witches predict that Macbeth will be king, he gets very impatient. Things
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