Macbeth's Tragic Flaw Analysis

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The Tragic Flaw Achilles’ heel proved that no person, not matter how great can fall if their weak point is exposed. Achilles had only one weak spot or flaw. He knew it was his problem, however, he still allowed it to be vulnerable in a battle. This was what caused his death. From the story of Achilles’ heel, people have heard the common phrase, “That’s his Achilles’ heel.” This means that person has a tragic flaw that could lead them to the same disaster as Achilles himself. Everyone has a flaw that can cause them to fail. This common theme has occurred throughout our lives, in our history, and even in our literature. This is exactly what happened to Macbeth when he rose to power. He allowed his tragic flaw to cause his ultimate fall from…show more content…
Macbeth’s culture praises warriors for their violence and murder on the battlefield. It also has a lot of violent crimes committed to achieve power or a goal. His loyalty to kill for the king changed once he realized that he was suppose to become king himself. His culture also held power differences or mitigation. Macbeth’s culture valuing bloodlines and passing power. When Macbeth realizes that Banquo would produce a bloodline of kings, but he would not, he became outrageously jealous and became paranoid. He was paranoid that Banquo would somehow take the power away from him. This played heavily into his existing tragic flaw. He was so ambitious and power hunger that he was willing to murder his best friend and war partner due to an off chance Macbeth made up in his head. Macbeth’s knowledge of the importance of a bloodline drove him to do even more unspeakable things and go even more insane. “They hailed him father to a line of kings./ Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown/ And put a barren scepter in my grip,/ Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand,/ No son of mine succeeding./” (Macbeth Act 3 Scene 1) Macbeth allowed his mind to make up crazy scenarios and become paranoid, power hunger, and dangerously ambitious. His situations and scenarios combined with importances emphasized by his culture caused his tragic flaw to show and cause his…show more content…
Throughout the poem, as Macbeth interacts with more on more characters, hi flaw grows bigger and more exposed. His culture only added paranoia and stress which made him go crazy. It was truly language and the lack of reading between the lines that caused macbeth to misinterpret what was being said to him. Macbeth’s communication and culture cultivated and nurtured his fatal flaw of unchecked ambition and caused his
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