“Tragic flaw” is a literary tool designed for tragedies. Its main purpose is to evoke suspense and to portray the very human incompetence of the given character, whether it be greed, lust, obsession, jealousy etc.
It could be considered a type of modern day hybris. godt The character possessing the tragic flaw does not necessarily have to be the devils impersonate, but rather a nuanced character with a variety of strengths and weaknesses. yes
The tragic flaw is to be viewed as a journey of moral and mental deprivation. The journey transforms the character from hero to villain.
Driven by ill intentions, the tragic hero is destined to be punished by the nature of life itself and will in their very last moments realize their imminent failure.
This takes Macbeth down a journey of betrayal and tyranny, first by claiming the throne of Scotland after having cowardly assassinated king Duncan.
Hereafter, by murdering anyone questioning him or presenting even a mild threat to his title. Just like our history’s dictators, he does not just stop at the evident threat, but he annihilates entire bloodlines in order to secure his place at the top of the pyramid.
We witness Macbeth’s mental deterioration and road to insanity as he claims more and more names, no longer being able to keep…the guilt and constant paranoia can no longer be kept at bay.
This journey has taken Macbeth from a righteous man to a greed driven tyrant. In the peak of his madness and not long before meeting his maker, Macbeth is consumed by the shame of his crimes against humanity.
His inevitable punishment will foster a catharsis and a lesson to be learned, that life will always find a way to balance itself out. With that conclusion Macbeth could be considered the perfect tragic hero.
Throughout the play several words that bear symbolic meaning is used – bedre, strammere sprog. Amongst the most interesting of those are hands, sleep and blood.
Hands are more often than not the primary way we experience the world. We understand a lot of the world through the relationship our hands have to the world.
They are used for almost everything, in some cases even speech. Our hands are tools, tools for writing, eating, greeting and showing affection.
They are tools for both our most affectionate and hateful acts, lovemaking and killing. We are who we are in relation to what we do with our hands. Godt! This is an insight Shakespeare has put to good use in his play
and/as Lady Macbeth both literally and metaphorically wears her conscience on her hands. - “The thane of Fife had a wife. Where is she now? what, will these hands ne’er be clean?”