Macbeth's Tragic Flaw Quotes

analytical Essay
1377 words
1377 words

Greed is a quality that many have, but too much of it can be catastrophic. In the tragedy Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the character Macbeth has a tragic flaw that leads to his eventual downfall. A tragic hero is generally defined as someone who has great potential; someone who is born into nobility and could have a great future. However, they are doomed to fail and often die because of a tragic flaw. These characters usually learn a lesson from their deeds. However, it is usually too late for them to have a happy ending. These characteristics apply to Macbeth, whose greatest flaw is his greed for power. Shakespeare uses characterization, conflict, irony, and foreshadowing to show the audience that Macbeth is a tragic hero. Shakespeare accurately …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how shakespeare uses characterization, conflict, irony, and foreshadowing to show the audience that macbeth is a tragic hero.
  • Analyzes how shakespeare portrays macbeth as a tragic hero using many literary devices.
  • Analyzes how shakespeare characterizes macbeth as a tragic hero through the use of characterization.
  • Analyzes how macbeth is portrayed as a tragic hero by his internal conflicts and his desire to seize the throne.
  • Analyzes how shakespeare uses irony to portray macbeth as a tragic hero.
  • Analyzes how shakespeare uses many examples of foreshadowing to portray to the readers that macbeth will fall as a tragic hero.
  • Analyzes how macbeth is one of the most famous examples of a tragic hero. he is corrupted by his greed and ends up losing everything he held dear to him.

Macbeth began this play with a great future ahead of him: a Thane to the King with a great life and many friends. Shortly after Macbeth is given the title Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth and his companion Banquo encounter a group of witches. The witches are portrayed as wicked and menacing, saying “Fair is foul, and foul is fair. Hover through the fog and filthy air” (Act 1, Scene 1). This quote shows that what appears to be fair and good, similar to that of Macbeth at the beginning of this play. This quote also applies to the Witches themselves. The Witches’ prophecies to Banquo and Macbeth appear to be fair and very appealing to the men, but are actually very deceiving and leads to Macbeth’s ultimate downfall. Following Macbeth’s visit by the witches, he tells Lady Macbeth of his encounter but says that he does not wish to kill King Duncan to become King. Shakespeare characterizes Lady Macbeth as an evil mastermind, using her powers of seduction to challenge Macbeth’s masculinity. Macbeth may not have murdered for the throne if it was not for the actions of Lady Macbeth, who accuses Macbeth of being too kind hearted to take the closest path to the throne. Macbeth’s downfall begins with the actions that his wife convinces him to take. Shakespeare uses characterization to show that Macbeth is a tragic hero, but these characters’ actions also cause many conflicts that lead to Macbeth’s

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