Macbeth's tragic flaw is that of ambition; Macbeth's ambition will cause him to decline. He is very rational, thinking of the consequences and implications of his actions. He recognizes the political, ethical, and religious reason why he should not commit the action of killing a king. In addition to jeopardizing his afterlife, Macbeth notes that killing a king is a violation of Duncan's "double trust" that stems from Macbeth's bonds as a kinsman and as a subject. He refuses to kill King Duncan, he feels that it’s the wrong thing to di and he will not be able to live with the guilt to himself. He says Why kill someone that has been good so good to me?” he is torn to the part where his wife’s love is more Important to him. He is confused between killing Duncan and his wife’s love. Macbeth does not want to follow through with the plan that Lady Macbeth came up with. He knows that this is wrong of his to kill King Duncan and that it will betray Duncan’s trust in him but Lady Macbeth is important in this play. She supplied a scheme. The scheme led Macbeth to kill King Duncan.Macbeth then regrets killing Duncan, he knows that it was wrong doing. After he kills Duncan, he then starts to change his ways and actions. His first murder was a trying experience for him. After his first murder, killing seemed to be the only solution he thought would maintain his rule of people in Scotland. If it were not for
After hearing about the witches’ prophecy, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth were completely (4) enthralled by what was in store for their future and devised an (5) elaborate plan to kill Duncan while somehow placing the blame on his guards. They decide that the best time to do this would be the night when Duncan stays over at their house while Macbeth and Lady Macbeth hide under the (6) pretense of being (7) benevolent hosts. Macbeth murders Duncan so that he could take over his power and become the new king but he does not feel satisfied or content with performing this deed. Soon after he commits this (8) ghastly crime, he begins to feel extremely (9) contrit...
Within Shakespeare's collection of tragedy plays, several protagonist were presented with a character flaw that would lead them to their downfall. These would include Romeo, Hamlet and Macbeth who struggled to resolve the tension between his morals or conscience with his lust and ambitions for greatness. Several factors are to be considered when evaluating the force that ultimately lead to his demise, such as the Three Weird Sisters' prophesies, Lady Macbeth, or the flaw in his character. The one factor that predominates the other two is the character flaw because the ambition lead him to stray to the path of darkness, murder his own men to protect his throne, and the other two only influenced his decisions, but only he can decide on the
Macbeth murders King Duncan in order to ensure he is king. However, the witches’ prophecy stated that Banquo’s children will inherit the crown and this does not sit well with Macbeth. He states “To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus” (3.1.48-49). His royal status means absolutely nothing and is worthless if his children do no also inherit the crown. Macbeth’s greed blinds him and he begins to feel threatened by Banquo and his descendants. To resolve his problem, Macbeth orders for Banquo and his family to be murdered and commits even more murder to ensure the security of his crown. He became obsessed with greed and need for power, causing him to lose control of his moral
However, Macbeth’s heroism in the battlefield did not translate into heroic behavior off the battlefield. It is ironic that he, who had defended his king from traitors colluding with Irish and Norwegian armies, himself harbored traitorous thoughts. Prior to his villainous action he reflected, “.. I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, ...Duncan Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been So clear in his great office, that his virtues ...but only Vaulting ambition which o’erleaps itself And falls on th’other.” (1, 7, 1-28) Through these words, Macbeth recognizes that there was no justification for him to kill Duncan other than his own ambition. It was wrong for him to go through the horrid act because of multiple reasons. Macbeth was a noble, the king’s subject and at present his host. Further, Duncan was a very good king, so “clear in office” that the injustice of murdering such a virtuous king will be looked down by everyone including angels. Acting purely on the basis of ambition will lead to disaster. These doubts and hesitation within Macbeth’s mind indicate his lack of self control and weakness of mind. The “brave Macbeth” and “Bellona’s bridegroom” ends up surrendering to his temptations,
In addition, Macbeth tightens his grip on Scotland and threatens to destroy any opposition to his rule. This is evident in the case of Banquo. In the beginning of Act 3, Banquo suspects that Macbeth may have murdered Duncan, “[t]hou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all./ As the weird women promised, and, I fear,/ Thou play'dst most foully for't” (Shakespeare 3.1.1-3). Macbeth becomes aware of Banquo’s suspicion regarding his sudden acceptance of the throne and hence, hires murderers to assassinate Banquo in order to silence him once and for all. By assassinating Banquo, Macbeth demonstrates that he is willing to go to any means necessary in order to secure his position of power as king of Scotland, including killing innocent people. Furthermore, Macbeth failed to develop mutual trust and respect between him and his subjects. After Lady Macbeth asks the guests to leave during the banquet as a result of Macbeth’s ravings, Macbeth asks Lady Macbeth what she thinks about the fact that Macduff refuses to come when he asks him to. Macbeth then tells his wife that “[t]here's not a one of them but in his house/I keep a servant fee'd” (Shakespeare
A flaw is a mark, fault, or other imperfection that mars a substance or object. Flaws can either be noticed or not.Flaws are brought out in a person that goes through certain circumstances. Many factors come into play when speaking about a person’s flaws. Shakespeare was able to exemplify the meaning of flaws in his play, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”. Shakespeare amplified Macbeth’s flaws all throughout the play. Macbeth’s tragic downfall was brought down by his fear, but also his gullibility and ambition entwined to make him fall down a path of no return.
At the start of the play, Macbeth is known to be a fearless and known to value the trust of others. To demonstrate, during the battle between Norway and Scotland, a wounded soldier described Macbeth as “sparrows, eagles, or the hare, the lion.” (1.2.39). Namely, Macbeth before choosing to murder Duncan also first reminds himself that he is a loyal kinsman to his king and should not commit the murder. “First, I am his kinsman and his subject, / Strong both against…Not bear the knife myself” (1.7.13-16). Nevertheless, Macbeth becomes much more fearful and suspicious of others in fear of losing power. For instance, Macbeth schemes to murder Banquo and Fleance out of the fear that Banquo’s sons could possibly become King. “To be thus is nothing, But to be safely thus: Our fears in Banquo stick deep;” (3.1.52-54). Through the act of hiring murderers to commit this deed also shows cowardice and fear over guilt itself. Moreover, the extent of his paranoia can also be seen when he tells Lady Macbeth: “There’s not a one of them but in his house/ I keep a servant fee’d” (3.4.132-133). It shows that Macbeth has developed fear in lords not involved in the conflict as well. In short, Macbeth’s development of paranoia has also led to his downfall by paranoia as it results in him depriving his inner
His guilt of his plans to kill Duncan is evident in his soliloquy. Macbeth sees a dagger and says, “I see thee still; and on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood, which was not so before.” In Macbeth’s soliloquy, Macbeth imagines a dagger, but the dagger turns bloody and points toward Duncan’s door, which illustrates Macbeth’s guilt. Also, right after Macbeth kills Duncan, he hears someone saying, “Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep,” but in reality, it was a figment of his imagination due to his guilt of killing Duncan. Also, at Macbeth’s banquet, Macbeth is the only one who can see Banquo’s ghost, which is a result of Macbeth's guilt of Banquo’s death. Throughout the play, it is evident that the deaths Macbeth causes make an impact on him, which leads to Macbeth becoming quite
Macbeth is constantly filled with fear of losing his status as King. The result of this fear causes Macbeth to murder many individuals including his closest friend Banquo. The witches’ prophesised that Banquo, “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.” Macbeth becomes anxious of this prediction and so hires three murderers to kill Banquo along with his son. He turns those whom he may see as a threat to his crown, an enemy of his. Macbeth feared that others would find out what he had done to King Duncan which led to him killing Macduff’s family. As told by the witches’, Macbeth had to be aware of Macduff, however, Macduff had fled to England, Macbeth attacked his family instead. All through the play, Macbeth was in constant fear of the witches’ prophecies. He was anxious they would come true and attempted to stop them from occurring. The entire play revolves around the themes of fear and what is can do to a
Later in the play, Macbeth realizes that killing Duncan was only for Banquo’s family, as the witches, “They hail'd him father to a line of kings:/Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown,”(III.i). Macbeth decides to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance, as a way to continue a line of royal blood. When Lady Macbeth asks about the plan to murder Banquo and Fleance, Macbeth quickly replies, “Be innocent of the knowledge, dearest chuck,”(III.ii). Leaving Lady Macbeth out of his plan to murder helps support the idea that Macbeth becomes more independent as the play continues. During Duncan’s murder, Macbeth relied on Lady Macbeth in order to be able to push himself to be able to commit murder. However, now Macbeth is able to push himself without the help of Lady Macbeth. During the banquet scene after Banquo’s death, Macbeth begins to hallucinate again and see a ghost of Banquo. However, unlike the dagger scene, Macbeth really believes that it is Banquo. He questions all his guest, “Which of you have done this,”(III.iv) like he was set up. However, no one else can see Banquo and as Lady Macbeth tells him that she does not see anything, Macbeth does not listen, as his attention was drawn by the ghost. The guilt of both Duncan’s and Banquo’s murders overthrow his sanity and ability to tell
Macbeth’s tragic flaw is ambition, which led to his decision to kill King Duncan. In his soliloquy from act one scene seven, Macbeth is deciding whether or not to kill Duncan. The soliloquy starts off with Macbeth saying that “we teach bloody instructions, which being taught return to plague th’ inventor” (I.vii.8-9), which means that when we commit violent crimes, we teach others to do the same and eventually, the evil will come back to haunt the person that started the chain of violent acts. Macbeth also discusses that he shouldn’t betray Duncan because he is “his kinsman and his subject” (I.vii.13) and “strong both against the deed” (I.vii.14), so he should protect Duncan at all costs. Macbeth also defends Duncan’s leadership skills in lines 16-20. Macbeth says that Duncan is a humble leader, so free of corruption that his virtuous legacy will speak when he dies, as if angels were playing trumpets against the injustice of his death. Macbeth also realizes that the people of Scotland love and admire Duncan so deeply that they will be in mourning once they learn of his death. When in mourning, angels “shall blow the horrid deed in every eye, that tears shall drown the wind” (I.vii.24-25). After Macbeth is done debating the pros and cons of committing the murder, he states that the only thing motivating him to murder Duncan is his ambition, as he states “I have no spur to prick the sides of
Before the feelings of danger envelop Macbeth, he debates whether he should murder Duncan, “I am his kinsman and his subject. . . Who should against the murderer shut the door,/not bear the knife myself” (I.VII.13, 15-16). Some morality is present in Macbeth because he pictures himself as Duncan’s protector, not his nemesis. After Duncan’s murder, Macbeth immediately regrets his deed and therefore demonstrates that he still has some morality left. Hearing knocking, Macbeth miserably cries, “Wake Duncan with thy knocking. I wish thou/couldst” (II.II.94-95). Macbeth acknowledges his actions and proves that he can still tell right from wrong. Once Macbeth’s fears for safety begin, Macbeth’s views towards evil start changing. In a soliloquy, Macbeth expresses feelings of fear and injustice towards Banquo and his heirs: “Then, prophet-like, [the witches] hailed [Banquo] father to a line of kings./Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown. . .” (III.I.65-66). Because Banquo is destined to start a new dynasty of Scottish kings, Macbeth feels that his worthless crown is temporary and that he will soon be killed for his throne. Dwelling on evil ideas and losing all sense of morality, Macbeth exclaims, “From this moment,/the very firstlings of my heart shall be/the firstlings of my hand” (IV.I.166-168). Macbeth is unwilling to consider the righteousness of his ideas and decides to execute them immediately after he comes up with them. Fearing his safety, Macbeth loses all decency of his
As Lady Macbeth pushes her husband further and further in to committing the horrid crime of murder, he contemplates the gains and loses. Macbeth tries another voice of reason, and claims he has all he needs at that very moment: “He had honored me of late, and I have bought / Golden opinions from all sorts of people…” (1.7.35-36). Although Macbeth has this in mind, he makes the final decision to follow his ambition, chase alluring power, and betray Duncan. Regrettably Duncan’s faith in Macbeth leads to his death. After Macbeth seizes the throne he develops intense paranoia. While recalling the second part of the witches’ prophecy: the son of Banquo will become king, Macbeth enters a state of worry. At around the same Banquo discerns the link
As Macbeth is done assassinating King Duncan, Macbeth hasn't been the same since. Macbeth has eliminated one of many threats that has gotten in the way of him becoming king. Macbeth feels relieved after killing Duncan. Macbeth was scared at first but as the play progresses Macbeth goes from a faithful warrior to a traitor. As Macbeth walk out of Duncan's room he said, “I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?” (2.2.19). The killing of Duncan is the turning point where Macbeth shows his true colors and makes a decision to murder one of his best friends. Macbeth gets paranoid because he suspected that someone is going to steal the title of king from him. He starts to questions his alliances with his friends and their trust. Macbeth makes the decisions to get 2 murderers to assassinate Banquo for him so he does not get suspected. “It is concluded. Banquo, thy soul’s flight,/If it find heaven, must find it out tonight” (3.2.161-162) When Macbeth is done speaking to the murderers, the murderers take out the threat immediately. The killing of Duncan and Banquo shows that Macbeth is really greedy and does not value friendship but a crown