Macbeth's Hamartia

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An Analysis of Macbeth Hamartia is a tragic hero’s flaw that will eventually lead to his demise. In the play, Macbeth, Macbeth’s Hamartia is evidently his ambition. “The eye wink at the hand! yet let that be, Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.”(1.4.59-60) evinces Macbeth’s dangerous ambition because he wishes to kill Duncan to become King of Scotland, yet Duncan made him a Thane, and also gave him words of praise. When Macbeth kills Duncan, it also begins his moral descent into darkness, as he is willing to do anything in order to continue being the ruler of Scotland “Now if you have a station in the file, Not in the worst rank of manhood, say it, And I will put that business in your bosoms Whose execution takes your enemy off.”

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