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The Character of Macbeth fits Shakespeares definition of a tragic hero He let his main flaw which is his ambition becomes his undoing Three aspects of this will be discussed The three prophecies that the witchs told Macbeth in the beginning and how they used his flaw to manipulate him how Lady Macbeth greatly influenced and manipulated Macbeths judgment and finally his long time ambition which was his only driving force behind his desire to be king Macbeth starts of as a true noble man but let his tragic flaw become his undoing The prophecies that were told to Macbeth during his meeting with the three witches were a large factor and the triggering event to the beginning of the deterioration of Macbeths character They played on his flaw to ignite his secret long time ambitions and dreams to be the king of Scotland as opposed to just a Thane which no longer seemed enough If the witches hadnt bothered with Macbeth in the first place he would have carried on as his normal noble self It was the three prophecies that the witches had told him which were that he would be the Thane of Glamis Thane of Cawdor and the King of Scotland that really got his ambitions going As a result of his newly ignited ambitions naturally he was quickly entertaining the thought of killing the present king king Duncan The witches new about Macbeths ambitions and saw that they were his tragic flaw so they used that flaw to manipulate him into evil doings He shall spurn fate scorn death and bear His hopes bove wisdom grace and fear And you all know security Is mortals chiefest enemy act 3 scene 5 l 30 - 34 As a result of the witches prophecies Macbeths ambition was sparked as well as used as a false sense of security in his subconscious The witches saw his flaw and took advantage of
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