Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

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Everyone has a quality that they do not like about themselves. Some people struggle to be social, others may be too controlling of people. The list goes on and on, but the point is that everybody has a particular quality that they must learn to control or else that particular quality can get out of hand. Of course, one could write a list of characters that have major flaws. There is no better example than William Shakespeare’s character, Macbeth, in The Tragedy of Macbeth. Anyone who has ever read it, could easily identify the fatal flaw that the character Macbeth possesses which is greed. Even though many readers can all agree that greed is Macbeth’s fatal flaw, the argument as to whether or not …show more content…

The noblemen would continually fight for the king to maintain their high possession and to possibly reach higher honors. This system was known as feudalism which states that in noblemen would train knights and protect their king in exchange for land which can be proved by the following; “Feudalism is a social system of rights and duties based on land tenure and personal relationships in which land (and to a much lesser degree other sources of income) is held in fief by vassals from lords to whom they owe specific services and with whom they are bound by personal loyalty...From England, feudalism spread to Scotland…” (William Stubbs 1). Then,it is safe to say that Macbeth would take place at a time when feudalism was a way to determine social ranking. What does this have to do with Macbeth and how does this show that he is greedy? Well, the system of feudalism is how Macbeth will gain power. In act 1 scene 2, the character known as the Captain says the following: “For brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name-disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution…”(Shakespeare 1.2.16-180). The captain is describing Macbeth fighting the army that Macdonwald has brought. In the scene, Macbeth continues to kill soldiers even when he is tired, thus showing his strength not only to the

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