Macbeth Is a Play About Loss Essay

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‘Macbeth is a play about loss.’ – Discuss

In the tragedy Macbeth, William Shakespeare explores the theme of loss through protagonist Macbeth. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a hero of noble stature whose fortunes are reversed as a result of weakness. He becomes overwhelmed by his tragic flaw of vaulting ambition and his own actions lead to his very nemesis. Macbeth loses his conscience after murdering King Duncan, sold his soul to the devil and loses his life to his acts of evil that doomed him. By the end of the play, Macbeth loses all his humanity and transforms into a ‘ruthless’, bloody ‘butcher’ who has changed drastically from the “noble” and “valiant” warrior he once was because he loses his human characteristics of
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Through his thoughts, actions, and decisions Macbeth demonstrates his overwhelming guilt. Macbeth’s desire to become king drives him to introduce plans for Duncan’s murder. Macbeth puts power into the hands of Lady Macbeth by sending her the letter that informs her of the prophecies. Lastly, Macbeth acknowledges his guilt in several places in the story. Macbeth is aware that his thoughts are corrupt and he knows that justice will somehow punish him. However, even with all his power, Macbeth makes no attempt to reverse the situation and is thereby responsible for the loss of his life.

In the end, Macbeth loses all his conscience and guilt, and loses the war with his own soul. Noble Macbeth falls from a well respected, “honour’d” War hero to a butcherous killer, which has led to his own death. Being tormented by the conscience and aftermath of guilt for murdering Duncan, Macbeth loses his humanity and gives in to evil, and it is his tragic flaw of vaulting ambition that doomed
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