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Macbeth's Greatest Tragic Flaw

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Shakespeare’s play Tragedy of Macbeth is based in Scotland, where a nobleman of King Duncan plots to kill the king in order to become king himself, but he doesn’t stop there. Macbeth’s greatest tragic flaw is that he is very gullible. In the play, Macbeth shows this by listening and believing the three witches, listening and giving in to his wife, and by his own delusions.
Listening and believing the three witches was not a good move. When the witches tell him about being thane of Cawdor and king, he grows exceedingly desirous of these things. In the play the three witches say, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!” and “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!”(327, 49-50) Macbeth’s answer to these things is “Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more: By Sinel’s death I know I am Thane of Glamis; But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives, A prosperous gentleman; and to be king stands not within the prospect of belief, no more than to be Cawdor. Say from whence you owe this strange intelligence? Or why upon this blasted heath you stop our way with such prophetic greeting? Speak, I charge you.”(328, 70-78) He is willing to kill his king whom he has fought valiantly for. He used to be a hero with his loyalty to his king and being good against evil. He was selfless and strong, but the witches’ words were so enticing and irresistible to him that he could not help but fall into sin.
His wife was not helpful either. His wife wanted to be queen so badly that she practically forced him into doing such a dark deed as killing their king. In this tragedy Macbeth’s wife says, “Was hope drunk wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since? And wakes it now, to look so green and pale at what it did so fre...

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... is not the greatest. Macbeth’s greatest tragic flaw is being gullible. He is too easily manipulated and influenced throughout the play by the witches, his wife, and himself. His unfortunate flaw of being gullible is what gets him to kill Duncan, Banquo, and many other poor victims.
Macbeth’s greatest tragic flaw: being gullible is what brings him deep into sin. This is shown by him believing the witches, his wife, and his own delusions. The witches wanted to play tricks on Macbeth and his wife measured his love by his actions. Being haunted by delusions of Banquo and a dagger tormented him yet motivated and drove him to continue his horrible deeds. He did not start out bad but ended up that way from the choices he made.

Works Cited

• Shakespeare, William the Tragedy of Macbeth Prentice Hall Literature Missouri British Tradition Edition Penguin Edition print
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