A Tragic Hero’s Tragic Flaw Tragedy

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In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, we are shown the phases that Macbeth goes through in order to become a tragic hero. He first goes through a dilemma in which he has to make a choice, his decision creates a catastrophe and causes him to go through a suffering phase, during his suffering, he faces perception, and then soon after he faces death. Macbeth’s ambition and his conscious argue in his head about a decision he has to make. His conscious wins at the beginning, but towards the end of the play, his evil ambition takes over, and he suffers from a vast mistake he cannot fix. Death is placed before him and he is beaten by the man who was not born by woman.
Macbeth is confronted with many decisions throughout the play. His first decision is whether or not to kill Duncan; his conscious is constantly fighting over his ambition, and his conscious wins. However, when Macbeth encounters his wife, Lady Macbeth, she convinces him to follow through with his plan by saying to him “…when you wanted to kill Duncan, that’s when you were a man; and when you are king, that’s when you become even more of a man.” (I, vii, 54-56) By saying this, she questions his manhood, and this sets him off. Determination befalls upon him to be king and prove to his wife that he is a man. Deep down Macbeth is not the “hero” that the castle believes he is; but just like every person, his hamartia is upon him waiting to be acted on. What makes us different from Macbeth is our ambition and our power. He is very powerful, and wants to have even more power and that is when he acts on his tragic flaw, though he does not know this is what ruined his life. This happens many times within our real world; we see this with celebrities who have so much money and fame and they throw it all away for drugs and crime. When Macbeth says “If there was no consequence after murdering him, I would have done it already. But if I do it, this may be the end of my life, and I will suffer,” (I, vii, 1-5) and when he says “Present fears are less than horrible imaginings: my thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smothered in surmise; and nothing is but what is not.”(I, iii, 147-152) we see that he is about to commit the crime, but he does not want to because he knows what kinds of consequences come with his mistakes. Lady Macbeth wants him to fail, and she wants to see him have nothing. He cannot control his conscious, but he can control his actions, but Lady Macbeth makes it ten times harder by manipulating him into murdering Duncan. Once Macbeth murders him, he believes he needs to murder Banquo as well, and so he follows through with this plan. If Macbeth would have accepted his level of power and not wanted to gain more, he might still be the man he used to be. Also, the most important idea of his tragic flaw is the fact that at the end of play he has so much confidence because the witches tell him no man can harm him, and...

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