Essay on The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

1959 Words Apr 3rd, 2016 8 Pages
Bravery, respect, and power – three important things that all men desire and value but cannot acquire at once. Macbeth, a brave soldier with a promising future, attempts to obtain all three but finds that his lust for power ultimately leads to his tragic downfall. In an effort to prove and assert himself as a dominant man, this tragic hero watches his valor and dignity slip away. Macbeth has immense courage until presented with the idea of becoming king, and allows his wife, Lady Macbeth, to question his masculinity. He recognizes that he should gain power in a moral, civilized way, yet he still commits the murderous act when his nobility is challenged, and allows his vaulting ambition to take over. Once Macbeth kills King Duncan, he becomes obsessed with his power and continues to reassert his virility through cruel actions. It is not until fate catches up to Macbeth that he realizes he has lost all respect, and even feels that he is no longer being true to himself. In The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth’s thirst for masculinity, acceptance, and control consumes his life and leads him to his tragic downfall; although he continues to fight against his painful fate, Macbeth comes to realize that he allowed his vaulting ambition and need for masculinity to bring him to his demise. William Shakespeare takes a lot of time throughout Macbeth to discuss gender roles and his views on them. In The Tragedy Of Macbeth, male stereotype is closely related to violence…

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