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Santiago Rodriguez Deterioration of Macbeth In all the tragic poems written throughout history the main character or the hero of the story always has a flaw that causes his or her final downfall Since Macbeth is no exception as the rest of the tragic heroes his weakness causes him not only a breakdown but also his death Macbeth character deteriorates completely through out the story due to a moral conflict caused by his ambition and it is this lust for power what ruins him At the beginning of the story Shakespeare presents to the reader a great character Many people esteem this character including the King and his son after the war where he had a remarkable contribution Macbeth is then full of pride intrepid and courageous He was able to save the life of the kings son and this gave him a respectable reputation Malcolm This is the sergeant who like a good and hardy soldier fought against my captivity Hail brave friend Say to the king the knowledge of the broil as you didst leave itI 2 4-6 He has a very strong personality due to the self-esteem he has developed and because he is appreciated and loved by everyone Up until this point Macbeth has never even thought of changing his position in life He seems completely satisfied being the thane of Glamis and since there are many duties he has to accomplish in his position he has no ambition to become anything else However it is until he meets the three witches when his life starts to change The witches arouse ambition in Macbeth after giving him prophecies of his future All hail Macbeth Hail to thee thane of Glamis All hail Macbeth Hail to thee thane of Cawdor All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter I 3 48-50 He is confused and even thought the idea of becoming a king is appealing for him
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