Shakespeare illustrates these degradations of character through the use of tragic flaws to show the manifestations of power’s grip on the characters. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth’s tragic flaw, ambition, introduces the concept that an insatiable thirst for influence can lead to one losing their sense of reality and humanity. As the protagonist plots how he’s going to reach the crown, he begins to consider the people in his way not as individuals, but instead as “a step / on which I must fall down, or else o 'erleap / For in my way it lies” (I.iv.55-58). This inadvertent dehumanization of others is just the first step of his wicked journey on which he finds himself murdering those he once looked up to for their title. The closer Macbeth gets to his goal, the more corrupted he becomes, and even in power, he finds himself tormented by the thought of losing it.
This type of sentiment can be seen when Macbeth says “ Bloody instructions,being taught, return to plague the inventor” (Act 1, scene 7). Here, with the use of personification, we can see that Macbeth is wrestling with his ambition, as he is still toying with the idea of whether to kill Duncan or not. Macbeth is aware that murdering Duncan is bad and could eventually lead to even more bloodshed, he is also aware that murdering Duncan could ruin his honor which he greatly values. Macbeth states that Duncan is a good man and a good king, and from this he decides that ambition is not enough to justify the possible regicide of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth, on the other hand will do anything to pursue
Lady Macbeth who had strengthened her will and hardened her heart by ‘’ murdering ministers’’ influences Macbeth to murder Duncan by challenging him to prove his worth as a man. Conflicted Macbeth sees no real reason in killing Duncan, apart from ‘’Vaulting Ambition’ ’Macbeth’s conscience is deeply troubled, he decides not to go ahead with the murder ‘’We will proceed no further in this business’’ but following his wife’s condescending interventions he resolves to murder, showing weakness in his character and how easily swayed Macbeth can be. Just like with the witch’s prophecies he is eager to find out what lies ahead. With this we learn that Macbeth is a feeble character who is easily persuaded emotionally by his wife, who knows of Macbeths insecurities and hence targets them. Courage and physical power are Macbeths major claims of self esteem; without them he is nothing.
and obtains the title, which trigger an arrogant and self-absorbed thinking leading to madness and finally, death. The play seems to bring up the question, whether Macbeth is fully responsible of his own destiny, or under control of fate. In the first glance, the play seems to take rather fatalistic direction, meaning that we are powerless to make decisions as they are inevitably determined by supernatural power (Hugh 1)) It is due to the presence of supernatural forces throughout the whole play that systematically fulfills the prophecy; therefore the witches represent the idea of fate in the play. However, Shakespeare seems to rather intertwine fate with free will and perhaps even promotes the second philosophy as the play evolves. Free Will over Fate in Macbeth This theory is obvious in a scene, where Macbeth is consciously deciding to kill king Duncan.
The weird sisters were a catalyst for Macbeth’s tragic flaw to grow. However, the witches were not the only people who influenced his unchecked ambition. Lady Macbeth also used many tricks to convince Macbeth to give in to his outrageous aspirations. She questioned his manhood and played on his emotions: “What beast was ’t, then, / That made you break this enterprise to me? / When you durst do it, then you were a man; / And to be more than what you were, you would / Be so much more the man.
She shows contrasting features during the play such as femininity and masculinity; ruthlessness and guilt; and influence and ignorance. Lady Macbeth is a powerful character who brings great conflict to the play. Even though her dominance seems like her main characteristic for her masculinity, her ambition to become queen is also compelling. It is obvious in the play that she manipulates Macbeth and finds devious techniques to reach her goal. She quotes: And chastise with the valour of my tongue.
King Duncan 's murder marks the beginning of Macbeth 's downfall,Who can be held most responsible ? Macbeth is a very interesting character, his transformation from good to evil is repeatedly shown in the Play. There are many factors as to why this dramatic change happened, but who is really to blame? Macbeth,Lady Macbeth and The three Witch,s are all to blame for the tragedy. Lady macbeth, through convincing Macbeth and in a sens changing his view on life, the three witches for putting the idea of being kind in Macbeth 's head, but one can only be responsible for his own faith this is why I Believe Macbeth is to blame.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were once noble people, but when exposed to the possibility of power and control, they turn corrupt, allowing their sinister thoughts to consume them. By portraying Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s loss of moral discipline, Shakespeare accentuates the calamitous corruption of human nature, and warns society that ambition without
"Othello" by Shakespeare is a well-known and outstanding literary composition which pays distinctive attention to the dangers associated with jealousy. The play deals with the root and driving force of all evil and exemplifies how far jealousy can induce a human being as well as destroy lives by mere circumstantial evidence. According to Godfrey (1972), “Jealousy, once awakened, becomes self-perpetuating, self-intensifying, and where no evidence for it exists, the jealous person under the impulse of an extraordinary perversity will continue to manufacture it”. Jealousy manages the characters’ lives in "Othello" from the beginning of the play, when Roderigo feels jealousy towards Othello because he desires to be with Desdemona, and to the ending of the play, when Othello is furious with envy because he supposes Cassio and Desdemona have been engaging in a love affair. Some characters’ jealousy is generated by other characters.
What makes this tragedy more distinctive is ambiguous use of language at critical junctures. The great warrior, General Macbeth becomes prey of this ambiguity and subsequently meets to his downfall. With the help of dubious language, Shakespeare becomes successful in keeping his readers under suspense till the end of play. Duality of meaning in witches’ speech leads us towards deconstruction also. This paper aims to investigate all the linguistic patterns and forms of communication that eludes the hero as well as the readers.