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Tragic Flaw Of Macbeth Essay

Macbeth's fatal flaw in the play is unchecked ambition, that is a desire for power and position, namely to be king, which is more important to him than anything else in life.  He is willing to give up everything that he has in his life in order to possess the crown to sit on the throne.

Yes, the ladies in the play do have something to do with it. The ladies include, the witches, the three in the beginning, as well as the queen of the witches, Hecate, and Lady Macbeth. 

What happens to Macbeth is a combination of events that lead to the opportunity to seize power.  He is influenced by the women in the play, the witches, who give him a prophecy that contains information that he will be king of Scotland. The witches don't give him a time table for his ascension to the throne, just that his future holds this for him.

"The witches in Macbeth are present in only four scenes in the play, but Macbeth's fascination with them motivates much of the play's action."  

He becomes so thrilled with the idea that he will be king, that he begins to think that he should be king right now.  Even though he has been a loyal servant to King Duncan, he becomes angry when he sees the king elevate his son Malcolm and proclaim him as the heir apparent to the throne of Scotland.

Macbeth is also influenced by his wife, Lady Macbeth.  In fact after Macbeth has thought about killing King Duncan, and had time to consider the witches prophecy, he decides that he doesn't want to kill the king.  Then once he tells his wife about the prophecy, she becomes so thrilled with the idea of being queen that she begs and pleads with him to convince him that he should kill the king, that he will have a singular opportunity when the king visits their home that evening.  It is perfect, she says, a once in a lifetime opportunity.  

"The extent of Lady Macbeth's power over her husband is debated. Some critics blame Lady Macbeth for precipitating Macbeth's moral decline and ultimate downfall. Others argue that, while Lady Macbeth appears to be increasingly guilt-ridden as the play progresses as evidenced by her sleepwalking episodes, Macbeth becomes increasingly murderous."

Then, she actually insults him, demeans him, accuses him of being less than a man if he doesn't have the courage to kill the king.  She is so vicious towards Macbeth that he finally agrees to kill the king. 

Once he does kill the king, he begins to unravel, mentally and emotionally.  As a king, he is stricken with a serious case of paranoia.  He believes that everyone is trying to kill him to take his throne, so he keeps murdering.  First he gets rid of Banquo, unfortunately, the killers don't kill Fleance, who is e Banquo's son.  Then after he goes to see the witches again, he is given another set of prophecies, and he decides to kill Macduff.  He sends murders to kill Macduff, he is not at home, so the murderers kill his entire family instead.

All of Macbeth's activities as king contribute to his doom or his undoing.  He is a terrible king, a tyrant who is feared. Malcolm, the rightful heir to the throne, joins forces with Macduff and the King of England who provides soldiers. Macbeth is confronted by Macduff, the only man capable of killing him, and he is killed and Malcolm is put on the throne. 

Macbeth’s Tragic Flaw Essay

Macbeth’s tragic flaw is his ambition and it consequentially leads to his downfall and ultimate demise. Macbeth is a tragic hero who is introduced in the the play as being well-liked and respected by the general and the people. He brings his death upon himself from this tragic flaw. His strengths turn into his weaknesses and his ambition drives him to the edge and sets himself up for his tragic death.
In the play, Macbeth possesses many strengths such as honor, respect, and he was viewed as being courageous. Macbeth was given the title “Thane of Cawdor " because he used his strengths to his advantage and was recognized for them. “For brave Macbeth—well he deserves that name--Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel, Which smoked with bloody execution, Like valour's minion carv'd out his passage, Till he fac'd the slave" (Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 16-20). This is the king speaking highly of Macbeth and the qualities he has and praising him for them. The one major event that changes Macbeth forever is when he murders Banquo. After the murder of Duncan, Macbeth slowly lost who he really is, but after Banquo’s murder, he is a whole other monster. His value and mind becomes blurred with his ambition and his drive to whatever it takes to be king and to keep it that way. At this point, he has become very egotistical and has no clue where this new vision will lead him.
This new outlook and personality he acquires along with the witches prophecies lead to his fatal downfall. The witches affect his...

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