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The play Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a tragedy about a Scottish lord Macbeth who becomes too ambitious He starts off as a brave loyal and noble man but his ambition and thirst for power lead him onto a path of ruthlessness and self-destruction and ultimately his own death While Macbeth is manipulated by various people and occurrences the main ones being the witches Lady Macbeth and Fate one theme that remains constant throughout the play is the power of choice Macbeth does have the ability to choose and it is this ability that makes him a tragic hero not a victim There are certain characteristics that someone must have in order to be considered a full tragic hero One of the main ones is that the character must have a fatal flaw In Macbeths case it is his vaulting ambition 1VII27 Ambition can be a good thing but when in large doses as Macbeths was it can be dangerous and as Macbeth proved even fatal Another important characteristic of a tragic hero is the conflict between good and evil and the choice between these two things Macbeth consciously chooses evil over good A victim on the other hand has no power over what happens to them Macbeth did have some control over the situation which means that he was not a victim However Macbeth himself cant be entirely to blame He was influenced and manipulated particularly by the witches If the three Weird Sisters 1V7 had not said anything to Macbeth in the first place then none of it would have happened The Weird Sisters put the idea of becoming king hereafter 1III49 into Macbeths head and consequently the idea of murdering King Duncan The witches knew that this would happen they wanted it to happen They also manipulated Macbeth later on in the play with the three apparitions They gave him false confidence and once again they knew and wanted this
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