McBeth and His Flaws

             He began by writing comedies such as The Comedy of Errors and Love’s Labors lost, and continued by writing plays based on English history and tragedies. One of his most famous tragedies, written in 1605, was Macbeth. Shakespeare’s Macbeth reveals the universal themes of death, of ambition, and of guilt. Shakespeare reveals the theme of death in his tragedy, Macbeth. At the end of the first Act, Lady Macbeth expresses her desire to become completely numb to the pain and suffering of others so that she may have the will to participate in the murder of King Duncan. She says to herself, “…fill me to the toe topfull of direst cruelty! make thick my blood ; stop up the access and passage to remorse…(Act one, scene five)” Macbeth recklessly kills Duncan between the first and second scenes in Act two. In the third Act, Macbeth hires three men to murder his former companion, Banquo, and his son; though they only succeed in killing Banquo. Later, the same three murderers are hired to ki!
             ll the family of Macduff. The final murder of the play is ironically of Macbeth. Many innocent people are killed throughout the play until the antagonist is eliminated. Shakespeare’s Macbeth reveals the theme of ambition. When at first Macbeth receives the prophecies of the witches, he is confused and in disbelief. But after some careful thought he motivates himself to take hold of the crown. When Lady Macbeth hears of the prophecies through the letter sent by her husband, she also becomes determined to assume the role as queen. She and Macbeth carefully plan the murder of King Duncan in order to eliminate an obstacle in achieving their ultimate goal of becoming royalty. Macbeth eventually becomes so intent on gaining the crown and eventually becoming king that he returns to the witches for more information about what he hopes to be his prolonged royal destiny. “I call upon you, in the name of your art- whatever be the source-to answer me! (Act...

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