Lady Macbeth by William Shakespeare

1086 WordsJul 9, 20185 Pages
Shakespeare tragic hero; Macbeth is undoubtedly conveyed as one of literatures greatest fallen heroes. Initially presented as an admirable hero, he self destructs from external and internal forces. The witches ignited Macbeth’s ambition and temptations prove too strong for the one admired war hero, whilst Lady Macbeth prays up on his exceptional being of vaulting ambition. Throughout the essay, the factors influence Macbeth’s downfall will be explored. The witches participate significantly in the ruin of the vulnerable hero, Macbeth. Macbeth indeed was a noble warrior and has been recognize by the king as his “valiant cousin, worthy gentleman” The word ‘valiant cousin’ is the metaphor uses by Duncan as he reveals his appreciation of…show more content…
Ultimately, vaulting ambition is what brings Macbeth to his greatness, but later ironically turns out to be Macbeth’s tragic flaw itself and indeed considers being the most to blame for his own destruction. Macbeth himself is capable to distinguish what is right or wrong and even states the possible consequence of his own foul act. “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition which o’erleaps itself and falls on th’other” Within Macbeth’s soliloquy, Shakespeare’s metaphor enable him to compare the vaulting ambition to a horse that tries to jump too high and falls on the other side of the fence. In fact, Macbeth himself realizes the possible outcome of his own vaulting ambition, however chooses to take the risk and “jump the life to come’. Along with his vaulting ambition, Macbeth ruins his soul, destroyed his mind and become a butcher. Throughout the play, Macbeth killed off anyone who might have posed a threat to his position and power. He indeed sends murderers after his good friend Banquo, “Our fears in Banquo stick deep, and in his royalty of nature… and to that dauntless temper of his mind, he hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour” Macbeth’s soliloquy reveals that he indeed afraids of Banquo’s ‘royalty of nature’ since he has ‘dauntless tempter’ or courage as well as wisdom that might ruined Macbeth. It is interesting that
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