Tragedy in MacBeth


 Everyone who is mortal has at least one flaw. Some 
are more serious than others. For example, some people have 

addictions to gambling, while other people can't remember

to put the milk away after they use it. After a while 

though, a person's flaws come back to haunt them. The 

tragedy MacBeth is no exception to this. In it, many of the 

character's die. And the reason is that they have a flaw, 

that would eventually lead to their downfall. Not every 

character is deserving of his fate though. Some characters 

have a minor flaw, which shouldn't lead to their death. But 

other's have a major flaw, which is would eventually lead 

them to their death anyway.

 The first Thane of Cawdor, is killed by MacBeth for 

trying to lead a revolution against England. His fatal flaw 

was that he was according to Ross, "a disloyal traitor". 

The thane of Cawdor was greedy, and wanted the throne of 

England for himself, and as a result was murdered. But his 

murder wasn't really disheartening, because the Thane of

Cawdor, deserved his fate. He was leading a battle, in 

which many lost their lives, for the

sake of greed, and deserved to die because of his flaw.

 Duncan was the King of England, and was murdered by 

MacBeth. He was murdered, because in order for MacBeth to 

fulfill his plan and become king, Duncan would have to die. 

 Duncan's fatal flaw was that he was too trusting. For 

example, he thought that none of his friends could really be 

enemies. If Duncan was more careful about his safety at

MacBeth's castle, he may have had a chance to survive. But 

Duncan's flaw, wasn't something so horrible that he should 

die. Most people need to trust each other more, and

just because one person did, he shouldn't have to die.

 MacBeth's former best friend, Banquo was also killed 

by MacBeth. Banquo was killed, because he knew too much 

about the murder of Duncan. But that was not his fatal

flaw. Banquo's fatal flaw was that although he knew that 

MacBeth killed Duncan, he really didn't do anything about 

it. There were many opportunities where Banquo could tell

someone such as MacDuff what he thought about the murders. 

But Banquo didn't deserve death, just because he didn't act 

quickly in telling someone that MacBeth killed Duncan. 

Banquo knew that if he said anything, no one would believe 

him, and he would be executed.

 Lady MacBeth is MacBeth's wife. She is his 

coconspirator in killing Duncan. Although she helps MacBeth 

get the courage to commit the murder, she isn't willing to 

do it herself. She uses the excuse that Duncan looked too 

much like her father. Unlike MacBeth though, it is harder 

for Lady MacBeth to live with the fact that she helped cause 

the murder of the king. And in the end, it makes her so 

crazy that she commits suicide. Whether or not Lady MacBeth 

deserved her fate is a tricky question. Although she did 

encourage MacBeth to murder Duncan, she feels regret for her 

action. Also, she realized what she did was wrong. But in 

my opinion, she realized it a little too late, and Duncan 

was still dead so she did deserve her fate.

 MacBeth was the focus of the entire play, and that's 

why it was named after him. All of the problems start when 

he murder's Duncan. He commits the murder because of his

fatal flaw, he is too ambitious. If he wasn't so ambitious 

and determined to be king, then he would never have killed 

Duncan. And if MacBeth didn't kill Duncan none of the other

characters would die. MacBeth deserved his fate more than 

any other characters in the play. He did many things wrong. 

 First he killed Duncan, then he killed Banquo. After that,

MacBeth killed MacDuff's family. And worst of all, MacBeth 

disturbed the balance of nature. Also, MacBeth didn't feel 

any remorse until he was faced with death. If MacBeth

just waited for his time, he would have been king, and have 

had a chance to enjoy it.

 Every character that died in MacBeth had one fatal 

flaw. The first Thane of Cawdor was a traitor. Duncan was 

too trusting. Banquo didn't do anything about the

knowledge he had. Lady MacBeth helped plot the murder of 

Duncan. And MacBeth, destroyed the natural order and 

harmony of nature. But not all of the characters who died

deserved to die because of their flaws. Duncan shouldn't 

have been punished for trusting someone, and Banquo would 

have said something, but was waiting for the right time or

some physical evidence. But if MacBeth hadn't been so 

ambitious, none of the problems that occurred would have.


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