William Shakespeare 's Macbeth - Ambitious Flaws

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Ambitious Flaws In the tragic play Macbeth, William Shakespeare shows the damaging psychological and physical effects of ambition on those who seek for power. In 1564 a writing genius was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright highly known as one of the greatest writers in the English language. William Shakespeare started writing tragedies like Macbeth, because he thought the tragic plots used by other English writers were lacking a certain purpose. He used the downfall of a honorable person as the main focus in his tragedies. His Tragedies added suspense for his audience, making his work extraordinary in that. Also it was out of the norm for the time which made his work stand out (Mamta). In Macbeth, Macbeth starts out as an honorable soldier dedicated to his country as a loyal Thane, but his ambitions turn him into a sinister killer. In his play Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses both natural and unnatural forces, as well as ambition as a tragic flaw to illustrate Macbeth 's rise and fall as a tragic hero. Macbeth is a perfect example of a tragic hero, as tragic as they get. A tragic hero must be doomed from the start, with very little responsibility for possessing their tragic flaw. Macbeth was doomed from the minute he listened to the witches prophecies and fell under Lady Macbeth’s influences. The witches prophecies are also greatly responsible for his flaw. Macbeth was noble in nature, imperfect by his flaw but still honorable and brave, as a tragic hero should be. Tragic heroes are men with more potential and higher greatness than a normal man. Macbeth was once a man who we could admire (Booth 92). A tragic hero must understand his doom, Macbeth knew throughout the play his acti... ... middle of paper ... ...y to the peace of despair (Lyndon 465). In the end we see humanity in Macbeth, even with the fall of his last security you see his bravery still stands high. As Macbeth fights his last battle we see him as a man, not a fiend, as we first did in the the Thane of Glamis. Though by no means does it reestablish him to his former self (Lyndon 464). Macbeth never enjoys the possession of what his ambition seeked and fought for. From the beginning of his temptations there is no hope that he will enjoy that possession , his death is not as sad or regretful because of the actions he took place in for power (Lyndon 464). Macbeth was destroyed by the sins he committed. His sins are tragic, they reveal the fear in a man 's failure to resist serious temptation, and the effects of sins physically and mentally. Macbeth 's guilt produces the fear and pity instead of decrease it.
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