The Tragic Flaw Achilles’ heel proved that no person, no matter how great, can fall if their weak point has been exposed. Achilles had only one weak spot, his heel. He knew it was his shortcoming, however, he still allowed it to be vulnerable in battle. This vulnerability was taken advantage of by his enemies and caused Achilles’ death. From Achilles’ heel, people around the world have learned about how tragic flaws can destroy people.
The witches first played with that ambition at the beginning of the play. “All hail, Macbeth, the future king!” (A1 s3). This sentence caused Macbeth to question many things and ultimately kill Duncan. Macbeth had great ambition, however, he used it for the wrong things. If Macbeth did not give in to the ambition that was unlocked by the witches, the story would have turned out much differently.
Shakespeare reveals how contagious and evil greed is by the suggestion from the witches that Macbeth will be king. Before meeting the witches, Macbeth is a well-known general who is victorious in battle and is grateful for the king’s praises. This idea of greed is cultivated when Lady Macbeth says, “O, never shall sun that morrow see” (Macbeth 1.5.415-416) when discussing King Duncan with Macbeth. In addition, she pushes the thought further by making Macbeth feel inferior when stating, “What thou art promised: yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o ' the milk of human kindness” (Macbeth 1.5.416-423). Macbeth’s wife implies that King Duncan of Scotland is not to see another day and will be killed while he stays at the home of Macbeth.
Just to get what she wanted, she did convince macbeth to commit crimes, but Macbeth is still the person with the last word. He cannot do anything by himself because he is scared, but when his wife helps him out, she herself does not wish to kill anyone. The one who commits the crime pays the price. Macbeth is the only murderer since he was the one who always ordered the murderers to kill whomever he disliked. Macbeth also has no mercy when he sent out the men to kill Macduff's family.
What becomes evident as time goes on is that however true it may be that outside influences had played a role in how things would turn out, in the end, Macbeth’s decisions play the largest role in his downfall. His reliance on the witches’ prophecies, his inability to trust his judgement as well as his determination to attain and maintain his power through violent means ultimately leads to his demise. The most significant reason as to why Macbeth died at the end of the story was due to his unwavering trust in the witches and their prophecies. When Macbeth and Banquo had encountered the witches, the three females had told Macbeth, who was the Thane of Glamis at the time, that he would be Thane of Cawdor, as well as ”king hereafter” (Shakespeare 1.3.53). The prophecy that he had received had been vague from the three women, but after being informed that he
As the first two acts progress, it is clear from his words and actions that cracks have begun to appear in his psyche. By examining Macbeth’s dilemma with the Weird Sisters’ prophecies, his own moral struggle, and the delusional words these things create, it is easy to draw the conclusion that the new king is slowly being driven into insanity. Macbeth itself is inherently quite sinister, especially throughout the exposition. The prediction made by the Weird Sisters, in which they tell Macbeth of his future kingship sets up the rest of the play, while having significant effects on the characters themselves. While seeming fictitious at first, their mysterious words are seemingly confirmed when Macbeth is made Thane of Cawdor.
While ambition may not necessarily be bad, his blindness to the consequences caused it to become a pernicious trait. In the beginning of the play, Shakespeare introduces three witches who give Macbeth three prophecies about his future. Up until this point Macbeth is the town hero who killed the King’s traitor. It wasn’t until the witches said “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter” (1.3.50) that Macbeth thought of betraying his king. This prophecy is the catalyst of Macbeth’s blind ambition.
His ambition causes him to choose the wrong choices and affects the outcome of his life. In the beginning of the story, the witches tell Macbeth that his fate is to become king. Macbeth believes that fate will just simply make it true and that he will not have to do anything. However, his ambitious nature makes him ponder the thought of being king in his own way. He decides his final decision by the push of Lady Macbeth.
This hubris ultimately brings about Oedipus’ fate, as his assuredness in his own infallibility causes him to recklessly attempt to prove that his judgment is correct. However, this miscalculation leads to the revelation of the prophecy, and brings about both death and grief. Oedipus’ character traits contribute not only to his own suffering, but also to the suffering of his family and his people. Additionally, these traits also perfectly align with classic tenants of an Aristotelian tragedy, making Oedipus the King a model tragic
They were only being punished for being what they are. He witnesses many casualties, and sufferings. He felt that everyone abandoned him. The things that he went through was horrific, but through it all he survived. He wants to let the whole world know the horrific horrors that he survived, and to ensure that everyone knows the purpose of his speech, that indifference causes confusion and destruction.