Macbeth And Lady Macbeth : A Tragic Tragedy

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Macie Moody A tragedy is a play dealing with tragic events that have an unhappy ending, especially one concerning the downfall of the main character, also known as a tragic hero. In an Aristotelian tragedy, the downfall of the main character, in this case Macbeth, is often precipitated by seemingly fortunate events. In Macbeth’s case, he became king after the supernatural forces foretold of a prophecy that Macbeth would first become thane, then eventually king after the late king Duncan. Lady Macbeth, a stronger, more ruthless, and more ambitious woman than her husband, exerted a lot of verbal and womanly manipulative power over her husband in the beginning of this play. Macbeth generally followed her lead. Lady Macbeth always questions the manhood of Macbeth and this makes her manipulative and even destructive in ways that ruin you. However, things change as the play progresses. In William Shakespeare’s Aristotelian tragedy, Macbeth, the close and passionate relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth was the engine that drove this terrible tragedy. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship seems to change from inseparable to distant when they both lose their minds after the murders of close, trusted friends, Banquo and Duncan. Macbeth’s calm words give us the impression that he really does care about Lady Macbeth towards the beginning of the play when he says, “My dearest love, Duncan comes here tonight.” (1.6.67-68) With the intention of Macbeth loving Lady Macbeth, Macbeth seems vulnerable to her womanly abilities and verbal power. With this in mind, Macbeth is so vulnerable to her different powers, he will do anything for/with her even if the deed is drowning in evil. Lady Macbeth’s verbal power causes Macbeth to make some ... ... middle of paper ... ...ed crimes they both committed. It seemed like evil took over both of them, however when the evil leaves them, they seem to feel extremely guilty. Maybe this all happened because of the non restricted supernatural forces, Lady Macbeth’s persuasive womanly qualities, or maybe, just maybe, it was only fate. Although one of these may be true, Macbeth’s intention of being king was not how he had planned. In the long run his “head” was still royalty because he was power hungry since the beginning. Macbeth seems to crumble when he achieves the goal of getting power. For the most part, Macbeth doesn’t take responsibility for his actions and he ends up dead. With great power comes great responsibility. With this in mind, don’t be so easily persuaded as Macbeth was, even if you love someone dearly. If you know a deed is not right, follow your heart and do what is right.
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