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Macbeth is in all ways a tragic hero His greatness led to his obsession and then to his shocking yet inevitable downfall The play thoroughly illustrates his rise and fall through a tragic story of man versus himself At the beginning the reader sees a man with a conscience and a mind But after the turn of many events and Macbeths constant fear of being caught he becomes weak Macbeth is extremely passionate about becoming king In the first act his motivation comes mostly from his wife However after he is king his determination to keep the title changes to an obsession Because of this hi greatness turns against him and his passionate nature causes him to become out of control Macbeth creates walls around himself He uses the witches prophecies and Lady Macbeths reassurance to convince himself that he is oblivious to all One example of this is when he says But swords I smile at weapons laugh to scorn Brandishd by man thats of a woman born V716-17 His deeply flawed judgement makes him vulnerable The downfall of Macbeths social estate and his personal self come simultaneously We see foreshadowing when Lady Macbeth says These deeds must not be thought After these ways so it will make us mad II240-41 While he is going crazy others detect that he is evil I grant him bloody Luxurious avaricious false deceitful Sudden malicious smacking of every sin That has a name IV370-73 One must be strong inside to be a leader and inspiration to others When personal strength diminishes onlookers can sense that and lost respect and loyalty Other characters are noticing Macbeths corruption Not in the legions Of horrid hell can come a devil more damnd In evils to top Macbeth IV366-69 Though readers know how evil he is they are sad to see him lose in the end The reader becomes attached to Macbeth throughout the story They know his weaknesses and his
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