Macbeth Seminar Prep

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Macbeth Seminar Prep 1. Macbeth’s tragic flaws and formation of catharsis are justifications of why Macbeth is a tragic hero in Shakespeare's play Macbeth, instead of being a monster. The primary flaw Macbeth has as a character consists of him overtrusting people’s judgement, including the witches. The witches predict that Macbeth will become king and he believes that he will get the throne: “ ‘This have I thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of greatness; that thou might’st not lose the dues of rejoicing, by being ignorant of what greatness is promised thee’ ”. (I.v.10) Due to Macbeth’s tendency to be overtrusting towards the witches he is very naive to know how unreliable the witches are with regard to the future. Macbeth is also very gullible, because he doesn’t think of the results of his actions and he desperately wants to believe in what he hears. A second justification for him being a tragic hero is his creation of catharsis. He puts all of his effort into getting power just to have it taken away from him because the witches were clever with the meanings of their prophecies: “Accursed be that tongue that tells me so, / For it hath cow’d my better part of man! / And be these juggling fiends no more believed, / That palter with us in a double sense; / That keep the word of promise to our ear” (V.viii.21)
Macbeth is pitied when he realizes that his trust in the witches was a foolish decision. By putting his trust in the witches, he lost everything he

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