Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

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In most Shakespearian tragedies, the hero possesses a character trait which under normal circumstances would be a virtue, but which under the special circumstances of the play proves to be a fatal flaw. Macbeth consists of several situations where the hero portrays many such qualities that drive him to commit wrong actions. Macbeth’s desires convinced him to ignore the impact of his actions. In addition, his doubtfulness controlled his consciousness and finally his blindness affected his aptitude to seek reality. An analysis of Macbeth’s actions and behaviour reveals that Macbeth should be justified as a tragic hero validating the belief that he possesses several fatal flaws which eventually resulted in his downfall.
Unchecked ambition can drive one to surpass all boundaries of decency which eventually results in severe consequences. Throughout Shakespeare’s play, there were many instances where Macbeth’s ambition resulted in the deaths of numerous people. Macbeth confirms his intentions when he states “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical shakes so my single state of man that function is smother’d in surmise; and nothing is but what is not” (1. 3. 149-152). Macbeth thinks of killing Duncan immediately when he is informed that the king has provided Macbeth with the title of the Thane of Cawdor. With the news that two of the three prophecies have come true makes Macbeth keen and greedy to fulfill the third one which in Macbeth’s opinion requires him to murder King

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