The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essay

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The tragedy of Macbeth lies in his refusal to accept the way things are, consequently resulting in the corruption of his mind, and ultimately, his fatality. William Shakespeare 's play, written in 1606, scrutinises Macbeth 's hamartia and how it leads to his demise, with his vaulting ambition hindering his morality. During the Jacobean time, Elizabethan influences determine the concept of the Great Chain of Being. This was central in their societies and is frequently discussed throughout Macbeth. However, Macbeth challenges the system and constantly denies God’s authority. The supernatural holds a significant role in Macbeth’s downfall, as does Lady Macbeth’s deceptive influence. Both assist in the corruption of the Chain of Being and upheaval of the natural order.

Macbeth’s tragedy sparks from his ambition, his fatal flaw, in which it is debatable that he was responsible for his own downfall. His murderous aspiration was a part of his arrogant personality from the beginning. Through foreshadowing, Macbeth considers his “black and deep desires” earlier in the play. “My thought, whose murder yet is fantastical… and nothing is but what is not.”
This quote, spoken in Act One, Scene Three shows that the tragic hero is contemplating murder before Lady Macbeth had suggested. Macbeth frequently reflects on his decisions throughout the play. An example of this is in Macbeth’s soliloquy in Act One scene Seven where he ponders over the assassination of Duncan, authenticating his…

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