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In Macbeth, what quotes represent the hubris? (macbeth's excessive pride)

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sapphire17 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 1, 2010 at 9:36 AM via web

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In Macbeth, what quotes represent the hubris? (macbeth's excessive pride)

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amswain1 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 7, 2010 at 8:05 AM (Answer #1)

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Hubris can be considered more than excessive pride in a person. Hubris can also be too much ambition or even over confidence in a character.

Macbeth is a prime example of a man filled with pride, ambition and confidence. The reader sees this right from the start of the play. As soon as Macbeth is named Thane of Cawdor,fulfilling one of the witches prophesies, he begins to contemplate how to become king as the witches have suggested. The fact that he wants to be king, and kills to become king, shows his ambition.

The second set of prophesies allow the reader to examine Macbeth’s overconfidence. When the trees begin to march against him as the witches warned, Macbeth still believes that he will live. He leaves the castle with armor on his back and fights to keep his power. Even though the witches have tricked him once, he still believes he is invincible as the witches told him. He fails to think about the ways the witches have tricked him. This shows us that he is confident of his success, yet since he is eventually killed by Macduff, we can see that his confidence was misplaced (an example of hubris).

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