How Does the Play Macbeth Follow What Is Expected in a Shakespearean Tragedy?

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The Shakespearean play "Macbeth" follows what is expected in a Shakespearean tragedy by containing characteristics similar to all Shakespearean tragedies. These are the fatal flaws in Macbeth, the fall of noble, respectable man with great qualities, Macbeth, and Macbeth's terrible murder of the King in order to obtain the crown, which causes absolute chaos.

Macbeth's character contains fatal flaws that cause him to do evil. These fatal flaws are a limitation to Macbeth's otherwise worthy character, and they include over ambition, greed, a power hungry nature and a weak will. For example, in Act 1, Scene 7, lines 25-28, Macbeth admits that the only reason he has to kill the king is ambition, which isn't a good enough reason. "I have
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In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a well-respected nobleman and a courageous commander of the Scottish army. He showed great loyalty to the king, and was held in high esteem by society. He had a good relationship with his wife, and was of a worthy character, except for his fatal flaw- his hidden desire to be king. Throughout the play this desire causes him to sink lower in esteem, and by the end of the play Macbeth is hated by all of Scotland for the cruel tyranny in which he rules. Macbeth's desire also causes him to do great evil, killing many innocents, and his conscience is forever stricken with guilt, while his relationship with his wife crumbles into nothing. For example, in the beginning of the play, even King Duncan holds Macbeth in high regard. "True… he is full so valiant, | And in his commendations I am fed" (1, 5, 54-55). But then Macbeth kills Duncan to become king, which begins his descent into evil ways. He kills innocent people and soon he has done so much evil that he has no choice but to face the consequences of his actions. "I am in blood | Stepped in so far that should I wade no more | Returning were as tedious as go o'er" (3, 5, 136-138). Shakespeare uses more imagery here, of Macbeth standing in a lake of blood, to describe how deep he is in trouble and evil ways. Also, Macbeth's tyrannical ruling turns Scotland into a place of misery, where people fear for their lives. "Alas, poor country, | Almost afraid to know itself.

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