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In William Shakespeares tragedy Macbeth Macbeth is a tragic hero in the sense that he is noble and respected at the first of the tragedy but then leads to his own downfall because of a character flaw and outside circumstances such as Lady Macbeths manipulation and the witches prophecies told to Macbeth which lead to his fatal ambition Macbeth also brings about suffering to innocent parties to achieve his own selfish goals which will eventually lead to his death Macbeth at the start of the tragedy is a well-respected savage heartless warrior and a traditional hero much like Beowulf He is a veteran of war and is looked up to by other characters But like all characters he has a flaw the flaw of easy manipulation that cannot be overlooked Macbeth demonstrates this behaviour when he shows a strict opposition to Lady Macbeths idea for Macbeth to kill King Duncan and Lady Macbeth challenges Macbeths manhood and with that Macbeth crumbles his opinion at Lady Macbeths feet When you durst do it then you were a man And to be more that what you were you would be so much more the man 1749-51 That is Macbeth has become as malleable as clay and will perform the duties of Lady Macbeth who wishes to further her social status from a lady thane to queen Her aspirations will lead Macbeth and lady Macbeth to a downfall When Macbeth realizes how he has been manipulated and feels regret for killing Duncan Macbeth utters This is a sorry sight 2221 and Lady Macbeth replies with a very cold-blooded A foolish though to say a sorry sight 2222 Overall Macbeth was manipulated which leads to the start of his fatal ambition and ultimately his downfall Another character flaw of Macbeth is that he is stubborn and when the witches second apparition tells him Laugh to scorn the power of man for none of woman born shall harm
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