The Role Of Flaws In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Macbeth Essay
In Shakespeare’s play, “Macbeth” written in 1606, the main character Macbeth is flawed in a number of ways. In the first paragraph the idea of tragedy and it relationship to Macbeth is shown. The second paragraph looks at the relationship between Macbeth and all other characters during the play. The last paragraph looks at how Macbeth deals with his guilty conscience throughout the play.

In Macbeth originally titled ‘The tragedy of Macbeth’. In Macbeth, the character Macbeth is at the centre of the tragedy his fatal flaw is ambition. In theatre a tragedy is where a noble protagonist has a flaw, placed in a stressful heightened situation and because of this flaw ends up having a tragic end. Macbeth is flawed because he has great ambition which leads to his downfall. In the play this is shown in act 1 scene 7 line 25 to 28, ‘: I have no spur, To prick the sides of my intent, but only, Vaulting ambition, which o 'erleaps itself, And falls on th 'other….’ . This quote is spoken by Macbeth, meaning he is not willing to do the deed of killing king Duncan or follow the witch’s prophecies. Another example is shown in act 1 scene 4 line 48-53, ‘The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step, On which I must fall down, or else o 'erleap, For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires; Let
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This relationship starts going wrong after hearing the news that Macbeth has become Thane of Cawdor, then overtaken by greed and ambition their relationship falls apart. This is shown in act 1 scene 5 line 5 to 4 ‘I fear thy nature, it’s too full o’th’milk of human kindness’, this is an example of Lady Macbeth’s opinion on Macbeth after hearing his intention about going for the crown. Another example is shown in act 5 scene 1 line 30 to 31, ‘Out, Damned spot: out, I say! One: Two: why, then ‘tis time to do’t: hell is murky’ this shows the effect of how the dark deed affected Lady

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