Macbeth's Tragic Flaw Essay

1003 Words Oct 4th, 2008 5 Pages
Every human being has a weakness and that weakness is pride. ‘Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted (Matthew 23:12, The Bible)’. Pride is a natural flaw that most people do not realize. Some can control it, while others let their pride blind them from logic and truth. Naturally, Macbeth has this attribute and he demonstrates it throughout the play. Shakespeare purposely introduces Macbeth as a proud character. The witches’ prophecies give him his confidence. And as his confidence grows, so does his pride until it eventually consumes his power-crazed mind.

Macbeth is introduced to the audience as a noble general and thane with quite a bit of power. This can lead one to believe that he is
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After Macbeth is crowned king, he becomes very paranoid. ‘There is none but he/ Whose being I do fear; and under him/ My genius is rebuked (III.i.53-55)’. His pride causes him to be suspicious of those close to him like Banquo. He fears that someone would steal his crown just as he stole Duncan’s. In fact, this feeling of distrust was so strong that Macbeth ordered Banquo, his best friend, to be assassinated. During the end of the play, Macbeth becomes more and more confident because he is assured by his recent successes and by the witches’ prophecies. ‘Bring me no more reports: let them fly all:/ Till Birnam wood remove to Dunsinane/ I cannot taint with fear. What’s the boy Malcolm?/ Was he not born of woman? (V.iii.1-4) Macbeth reflects upon two of the later prophecies by the witches’ as being in favor of him. Logically, since Malcolm is a human, he cannot defeat Macbeth. And it’s not possible for a forest to move by itself. Misguided by these prophecies, Macbeth and his army are relaxing while Malcolm prepares to lay siege to his castle. Because of his earlier successes, Macbeth thinks that he will always win and his pride blinds him from logic and reasoning. His pride makes him stubborn, and he refuses to accept defeat after those prophecies came true. Pride, ultimately, led Macbeth to his downfall.

Pride will always be a weakness of mankind. As much as one tries to hide it, their pride will still

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