What Is The Tragedy Of Ambition In Macbeth

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The statement Macbeth’s tragedy is due to his excessive ambition is incorrect. Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare. Macbeth’s tragedy was his downfall; Macbeth went from being a noble servant of the king, to a detested tyrant. The witches caused Macbeth’s focus and thoughts to change, due to their mischief and meddling, this ultimately brings Macbeth down causing a tragedy. Lady Macbeth played a large role in the tragedy of Macbeth, her words and actions caused him to act differently and do things he never would have done. Hecate in particular, formed tragedy and atrocious events within Macbeth’s life, by committing to make his life hell, by getting more personal with her prophecies.

The tragedy of Macbeth was his ultimate downfall,
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In Act 3, Scene 5 Hecate talks to the first witch about the prophecies they freely gave Macbeth. She then goes on to say that her “illusion(s) shall draw him on to his confusion” (A3, S5, L28-29). Hecate later says that “He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear his hopes 'bove wisdom, grace, and fear.” (A3, S5, L30-31). Hecate also says that she is the “close contriver of all harms” (A3, S5, L7). Hecate hears that the witches had told Macbeth prophecies without getting anything back from him. So she makes it her goal to make his life living hell. She says that she will cause illusions causing false beliefs to go through Macbeth’s head. She later in detail says that he will be fooled into thinking he is greater than fate, he will mock death, and he will think he is above wisdom, grace, and fear. This clearly shows that she is ready to take this to the next level, and make things more personal. She is ready to ruin his life. Hecate does ruin Macbeth’s life, by causing his reputation to fall forming a major …show more content…
Macbeth had little control over his tragedy, as he was toyed with, persuaded and eluded. Macbeth’s tragedy was the downfall of his reputation. The tricks played on him, by the witches and especially Hecate ripped him of noble decision making and replaced with abominable ideas and a sickened mind. Lady Macbeth used her revolting words convince Macbeth to commit the foulest imaginable deed of regicide. Macbeth’s ambition had little to do with his tragedy; he fell through a trap door leading straight to his tragedy, made by none other than those he trusted

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