The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essay

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IN WHAT WAYS IS THE CHARACTER MACBETH FLAWED? DOES THE PLAY MAKE A COMMENT ABOUT HUMANITY IN GENERAL?
The Tragedy of Macbeth is a play written by the famous poet and playwright William Shakespeare, which explores corruption due to power through the tragic hero Macbeth. In this essay, I will be addressing the ways the protagonist Macbeth is flawed, and how his tragedy reflects our society. Macbeth is highly flawed, such as his easily manipulatable and suggestive personality, causing him to become indecisive and needing reassurance, making it easy for Lady Macbeth to manipulate him into doing her bidding. Cowardliness and overpowering guilt are some of the other flaws of Macbeth, which causes him to act like a tyrant, killing many who stand in his path. However, it is his hubristic and over-ambitious personality, which ultimately leads to his downfall.
Macbeth 's main flaw is that he cannot keep his ambition in control, causing him to become hubristic. Hubris is overbearing pride or defiance of gods, in the case of Macbeth, to reach personal goals, causing havoc in nature. Macbeth 's and Banquo 's meeting with the witches led him to become overpowered by the idea of becoming King. One of the first instances were we see Macbeth become overrun with ambition is when Malcolm is crowned 'Prince of Cumberland ' and is put next in line for the throne: MACBETH The Prince of Cumberland: that is a step On which I must fall down, or else o 'er-leap For in my way it lies.…

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