Macbeth as the Frailty of Human Nature in William Shakespeare's Play

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Macbeth as the Frailty of Human Nature in William Shakespeare's Play

Story line: Macbeth, the main character is a brave and victorious

general. he plays a key role in defeating a couple of invading armies;

He is to be rewarded for this.

However three witches meet him and make prophecies regarding him.: He

will become thane of Cawdor and later king.

Macbeth sees how the first prophecy of becoming thane becomes true, so

encouraged by his wife he sets out to make the second part of the

prophecy come true.

In order to do this he is led on a path of multiple murder and deceit.

To secure his position he eventually consults the witches again who

falsely give him the impression he is invincible. This ultimately

delves him to his end but not before he realises that he was tricked

by the witches.

The play opens with the three witches because Shakespeare is trying to

draw the people's attention to the play because people at the time

were interested in witchcraft. So in the opening the play with this

scene he would attract their attention right away.

But Shakespeare includes his own view of witch craft by making all the

witches say.

"Fair is foul, and foul is fair"

What he is trying to say is that the witches do not distinguish

between fair and foul and consider both to be accepted to achieve


When Macbeth is first introduced to the audience it is in the words of

the captain who says:

"For brave Macbeth Disdaining future with his brandished steel"

Here he is introduced as a brave and courageous individual who has

just won two battles. This character and attitude is further portrayed

when the witches address him and Banquo, and calling Macbeth the thane

of Cawdor and the king hereafter. To this Banquo turns to Macbeth and


"Good sir why do you start, and seem to fear"

So Macbeth is startled by what the witches are saying which shows he
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