A Tragic Hero’s Tragic Flaw Tragedy

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In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, we are shown the phases that Macbeth goes through in order to become a tragic hero. He first goes through a dilemma in which he has to make a choice, his decision creates a catastrophe and causes him to go through a suffering phase, during his suffering, he faces perception, and then soon after he faces death. Macbeth’s ambition and his conscious argue in his head about a decision he has to make. His conscious wins at the beginning, but towards the end of the play, his evil ambition takes over, and he suffers from a vast mistake he cannot fix. Death is placed before him and he is beaten by the man who was not born by woman.
Macbeth is confronted with many decisions throughout the play. His first decision is whether or not to kill Duncan; his conscious is constantly fighting over his ambition, and his conscious wins. However, when Macbeth encounters his wife, Lady Macbeth, she convinces him to follow through with his plan by saying to him “…when you wanted to kill Duncan, that’s when you were a man; and when you are king, that’s when you become even more of a man.” (I, vii, 54-56) By saying this, she questions his manhood, and this sets him off. Determination befalls upon him to be king and prove to his wife that he is a man. Deep down Macbeth is not the “hero” that the castle believes he is; but just like every person, his hamartia is upon him waiting to be acted on. What makes us different from Macbeth is our ambition and our power. He is very powerful, and wants to have even more power and that is when he acts on his tragic flaw, though he does not know this is what ruined his life. This happens many times within our real world; we see this with celebrities who have so much money a...

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...his caused him to be ready for death, so he died with no dignity left. His pride is what was keeping him alive, and when he lost all of it, he also had lost his life. This tragic hero was predestined to have his life ruined, and no one’s decision could have changed that, except his own.
The tragedy of Macbeth, and any other tragic hero story, involves three major steps that depict their downfall: a choice, the suffering, and death. Without these three steps, the story cannot be interesting and tell a story about a man, like Macbeth, who had everything and threw it away to gain more, but was left with nothing. Having a tragic flaw such as ambition will create these steps to appear in a manner that will ruin the characters life. When the flaw is acted on, only then will the character be set up for failure, and be brought to their death to face a major consequence.
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