Essay: Pride And Tyranny In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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If Macbeth Stayed Sane Power. Murder. Deceit. Pride. Tyranny. All of those and more in William Shakespeare 's Macbeth. William Shakespeare is a grammar school trained writer. Macbeth is his shortest story, which makes some think that there are some missing pieces to the play. It was written in 1606 to win James I blessing. It is believed that Banquo is an ancestor to James I. The play is set in 11th century Scotland, with all the belief in witches and their powers. A Shakespearean tragedy is when a character is destined to do great but has a fatal flaw. Macbeth’s fatal flaw is his pride. His pride always gets the best of him. Without his pride he is nothing. He fights with himself and his pride but, his pride always wins. This pride drives …show more content…
Macbeth has an exceedingly large ego. He believes that he is indestructible because of what the witches prophesize. It all starts when Macbeth kills King Duncan so he can become king. After Macbeth kills Duncan, Duncan’s sons leave to recruit armies so that they can fight Macbeth. When Macbeth becomes king his pride gets the best of him and he will do anything in his power to remain king. Since Macbeth will do anything to remain king, he kills Banquo and attempted to kill Banquo’s son Fleance so that none of Banquo’s descendants become king. Macbeth learns that the Thane of Fife, Macduff, has also left to recruit more men for an army against Macbeth. Enraged Macbeth sends murderers to kill Macduff 's wife and kids.Later on as Macbeth is preparing for battle, he hears a scream. Macbeth proclaims “I have almost forgot the taste of fear”(Shakespeare 177). This means that he thinks he is fearless and that nothing can touch him. He then finds out that the screaming was Lady Macbeth dying. He states that “She should have hereafter”(Shakespeare 177), saying that if she had died at another time he might have cared. Right now is a great inconvenience to him, so he does not care. When young Siward comes to kill Macbeth he does not know who Macbeth is or what he looks like. When he asks Macbeth what his name is Macbeth responds “Thou’lt be afraid to hear it”(Shakespeare 183), meaning that he believes that people cower in fear at his name. Then they fight, Siward tries to kill Macbeth like hi father wanted but fails. Macbeth kills young Siward and says “Thou wast born of a woman (Shakespeare 183),playing back on the prophecy that Macbeth would not be killed by someone born of a woman. Meanwhile, Macduff comes to kill Macbeth, he explains that he is not born of a woman, but born of a corpse. His mother was dead so he was born by Cesarean section. Finally, Macbeth realizes that the witches set him up, he knows that Macduff is the one who is

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