Macbeth Essay

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“It is neither the wickedness of the witches nor the urging of Lady Macbeth that finally ruins Macbeth. His basic weakness leads him astray.” In Shakespeare's grand "tragedy of blood", we are pitched into the time of a valiant warrior who has constantly been trustworthy to his king, until he hears of a prophecy that he will befall king. This is where the universe begins to acquire an unbalanced shift. This disturbance has occurred as a result of Macbeth’s various weaknesses. His sensitivity to his feelings of insecurity which was played upon by the witches, how his manhood was attacked by Lady Macbeth, his drive for ambition and his fear of guilt greatly contributed to the destruction and transformation of Macbeth that lead him off…show more content…
The prophecies understood by the witches are the basis for Macbeth’s weakness of insecurity and in turn is one of the flaws which contribute to his downfall. Macbeth's appearance fluctuates from his true self. Macbeth depicts himself to be strong and prudent, but inside he is truthfully weak. This tragic flaw that Macbeth demonstrates is another significant weakness which questions his manliness. His masculinity was an issue for Lady Macbeth so she uses her expertise of manipulation to attack his manhood and persuade him to kill Duncan. "When you durst do it, then you were a man; And, to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man." This quotation compares Macbeth to “a baby that milks me” mocking Macbeth’s manhood. Stated by Lady Macbeth, this shows her determination and fearfulness pushing her husband into the path of the crime. Macbeth’s weakness is made observable when Lady Macbeth speaks “Are you a man?” She’s unquestionably praying on Macbeth’s imperfection, trying to use her manipulation to challenge his pride and manliness to get him to fulfil her needs and desires. This deceitful strategy influences Macbeth a great deal because he wants to see himself as a warrior above everything else. He is determined to show his excessive pride which leads to the continuation of immeasurable murders in the company of many other observed weaknesses.

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