Examples Of Ordinary Flaws In Macbeth

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Ordinary Flaws in Macbeth

In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, the main character, Macbeth, experiences a tragic downfall when he becomes king. Before he is king, Macbeth believes he will be a beloved leader, but he quickly becomes paranoid and a hated tyrant. His downfall occurs when he is consumed with ambition and spurred by his wife to kill King Duncan and his best friend, Banquo, out of fear of not becoming king and being overthrown. Macbeth’s flaws that lead to his downfall are common among humans and are not personal to himself. His downfall is caused by flaws in human nature such as selfishness, peer pressure, and mental illnesses.

In The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth starts the play as a moral man and loyal to his kinsman, King Duncan. In Act One, he is visited by three witches who tell him of his future and say he will become king. At first he is content with his title as
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Macbeth says to the ghost "Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake / Thy gory locks at me" (Shakespeare 313). Macbeth seeing Banquo's ghost indicates he feels guilty for the death of Banquo and is experiencing hallucinations because of his paranoia. According to Mental Health America, having delusions and being unable to understand they are not true is a sign of paranoia. Suffering from a mental illness, such as paranoia, causes Macbeth to experience delusions and suffer from paranoia which causes his tragic downfall.

From the beginning of The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth was doomed by the three witches telling him his future. Flaws common to human nature, including selfishness, peer pressure, and mental illness, cause Macbeth to experience a tragic downfall in William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth. His selfish attitude, pressure from his wife, and suffering from paranoia cause him to fall as king and leads to his and his wife's