In the play Macbeth there are numerous occasions where a tragedy occurs, the most common one seen in this play is the tragic flaw. The tragic flaw is a literary device that can be defined as a trait in a character leading to their collapse (Literary Devices Editors). A tragic flaw in a heroic character gives us a tragic hero, which makes a character more relatable, and creates an entertaining play for the audience as seen in Macbeth (Meirow, Eden). Throughout the play the heroic characters Banquo, Macduff and Macbeth all have tragic flaws, which leads them to their downfall. All three of these characters are greatly influenced by many other factors for their downfall, however they are ultimately responsible for their own downfall created by
Although they tell him this, he does state they he had not desire to have more power until he met the three witches. But rather the ambition drove him to kill the king, so that he could become then king. In conclusion, the repeated appearance of the witches throughout the whole play is a symbol for ambition in general, but especially
At first, he second guessed the bloody murder of his king. However, his wife, Lady Macbeth, talked him into this by calling him a coward and asking if he was a man. To prove to her that he was a strong individual, he followed through with the act of killing King Duncan. This confirms that the pressure of others persuaded Macbeth’s actions. Macbeth wanted the blame to be placed on someone other than himself so the people showed loyalty to him as the new king.
When Macbeth and Banquo finally return to the castle to inform Duncan of Macdonwald’s death, Macbeth is surprised when he is titled Thane of Cawdor. The accurate predictions of the three witches, jumpstarts Macbeth’s hunger for power and fulfilling the witches’ forecasts. As the play progresses, Macbeth is determined to fulfill what the witches shared. In Act 1 Scene 7, Macbeth finally sees Lady Macbeth in person since learning of his fortune. Lady Macbeth is optimistic, however, she doubts Macbeth’s strength in order to slay Duncan and take his place as king.
He murdered King Duncan to fulfill the witches’ first prophecy to become king, kills Banquo because his family was destined to become rulers over Scotland, and kills all of Macduff's family. The whole story seems to be about Macbeth and all of his efforts to get and keep the throne. Macbeth is definitely a guilty person and is shameful for his action but this is one of the main reasons that he is a fascinating character. Macbeth is described as a warrior honored by the king. Duncan called Macbeth “golden” (1:7,33).
Although Claudius and Macbeth’s ambitions had similar effects on their relationships and conscience, the thing that ultimately sets these two characters apart is the difference in beliefs they have when it comes to killing. As a result of letting their ambition for political power consume their lives, both Claudius and Macbeth destroyed the relationship between the people they loved the most; their wives. In Hamlet after Claudius learns that Hamlet knows that he killed his brother, Claudius becomes resentful of Hamlet. Afraid that Hamlet will tell his secret and no longer be in power, Claudius planned to kill Hamlet in a fencing match between Hamlet and Laertes. But because Claudius was so focused on his ambitions of being king and trying to murder Hamlet in the match, he couldn’t save his wife from the poison he put in a cup that was intended for Hamlet.
In conclusion, Macbeth was making a wrong choice so his consequences at the end is overwhelming and his action has lead him to become a tragic character. The character Macbeth has consumed the ambition of himself and Lady Macbeth him has shifted himself form a heroic into a ring of murderous. After he has knew it he has making the mistake however his hand is cover with blood and guilt that he cannot turn back. The Macbeth 's tragic flaw in character was the pairing of his ambition with easily influence by lady Macbeth. Throughout the play we see many examples of Macbeth 's conflict between his ambition to attain the crown and his passive attitude towards the actions that are required to
Macbeth was always power-hungry as soon as he found out that he can kill Duncan , his first thoughts about it was “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man ,That function is smother 'd in surmise, and nothing is but what is not.” Macbeth’s first thought after realising that he can be a king was to murder Duncan, That indicates that Macbeth always wanted to kill King Duncan to take the throne and when Lady macbeth got the letter from his husband explaining that the witches prophesied him saying that he can be a king the first thing that came in her mind was to kill Duncan and take over. She also talks about Macbeth always wanted to do it but he isn’t man enough to do this task “ Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be ,What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o ' th ' milk of human kindness ,To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great,Art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it.” Also concludes that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth always wanted to kill King Duncan from the very past and that when they got to know that they can be the king and queen they were ready and prepared to kill Duncan
I believe this is an example of how love is presented in the play as Macbeth is in love with the idea of his success. Macbeth goes to great risks in order to obtain his power, some of these risks even consist of killing and sacrifice. In order for Macbeth to stay true to the word of the Witches, he takes matters into his own hands. Therefore, Macbeth needs to kill the current king in order for him to seize the title. In Act 1, Scene 4, Macbeth quotes “Let not light see my black and deep desires.” This quote speaks about the desire Macbeth has to kill King Duncan as he claims that no light is shining, therefore, no one is able to see the gruesome desires within him (the murder of Duncan).
Macbeth is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of three witches, especially after their prophecy that he will be made thane of Cawdor comes true and thereafter becoming the King of Scotland. Macbeth was a brave soldier and a powerful man, but he is not righteous. Macbeth was a respectful man until his ambition to become