The Inevitable Nature of Tragedy Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

The Inevitable Nature of Tragedy
An analysis of the consequences of persuasion on the character of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's work, "Macbeth".
# 112644 | 971 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009
Published on Mar 03, 2009 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (MacBeth)

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This paper examines William Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth" and discusses how the persuasion that the character of Macbeth faces, both external and internal, leaves him in a state of vulnerability that ultimately leads to his fate. The paper talks about the influence of Lady Macbeth who persuades Macbeth to commit murder and treason and the influence of the three witches who direct Macbeth's decisions and actions through their magical prophecies and supernatural powers.

From the Paper:

"With their ability to foretell the future, The Three Witches easily manipulate Macbeth. When Macbeth meets The Witches, they reveal some very important prophecies to him, "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! / All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! / All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be King hereafter" (1.3.48-50). Shakespeare's depiction of The Witches exposes Macbeth's vulnerability to the power of the supernatural. Macbeth's belief in the predictions reveal his weak-mind and spirit. These predictions are what become the root of Macbeth's problems, making him an easy person to persuade and corrupt. The persuasion of Lady Macbeth is revealed when she takes advantage of her husband in order to achieve personal benefit."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Macbeth." William Shakespeare. The Arden Shakespeare. Ed. Kenneth Muir. 2nd Series. London: Methuen and Co. Ltd, 1951. 5-113.

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