Macbeth's Greatest Tragic Flaw Essay

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Shakespeare’s play Tragedy of Macbeth is based in Scotland, where a nobleman of King Duncan plots to kill the king in order to become king himself, but he doesn’t stop there. Macbeth’s greatest tragic flaw is that he is very gullible. In the play, Macbeth shows this by listening and believing the three witches, listening and giving in to his wife, and by his own delusions.
Listening and believing the three witches was not a good move. When the witches tell him about being thane of Cawdor and king, he grows exceedingly desirous of these things. In the play the three witches say, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!” and “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king ...view middle of the document...

”(338 47-51) She tells him he isn’t a man for being scared to kill when he has killed for the king many times before. She tricks him by saying he would show his love for her by doing this unimaginable and horrible crime.
Macbeth’s own delusions do not help him. He debates with himself on whether to kill or just forget the whole thing. He doesn’t want to kill Duncan. He has been loyal and faithful to the point of being richly rewarded for it, but he also wants to be king and call all the shots himself. Macbeth himself says, “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible to feeling as to sight, or art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation, proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? I see thee yet, in form as palpable as this which now I draw.”(344 33-41) The decision is hard and the road he goes down takes him so far that he cannot turn back. Killing Duncan was hard and painful, but after that first taste it was easy for him to kill Banquo and Macduff’s wife and children. Seeing a dagger lead he into Duncan’s room and an image of Banquo...

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