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What is tragic about the life of Macbeth and his lady?I am in year 10 and I need to...

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viviiaanbui | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM via web

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What is tragic about the life of Macbeth and his lady?

I am in year 10 and I need to write an essay on this topic. How would I explain this topic of the tragic life of Macbeth and his lady?

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted August 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM (Answer #2)

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Think about what it is the Macbeth and Lady Macbeth want out of life as the play opens. Then what do they do to get what they want? Finally, how do the feel about their actions, and how do they feel at the end of the story? You'll find the tragedy in the answers to those questions.

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sarahc418 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted August 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM (Answer #3)

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I agree with mwalter822. If you consider Macbeth at the beginning of the play, his potential, his loyalty, his strength and his morals, then look at what he becomes in the end. He is a shadow of his former self. 

Also look at Lady Macbeth, her desire for power leads her to a very quick downfall. In the end, all her conniving qualities only lead to her husband's changes and never to any power for herself. She becomes tortured with guilt rather than a Queen as she imagines. 

http://www.enotes.com/macbeth/macbeth-character-analysis

http://www.enotes.com/macbeth/lady-macbeth-character-analysis

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 23, 2012 at 8:08 AM (Answer #4)

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The most tragic thing about Lord and Lady Macbeth is that they truly love each other, yet they are the ruin of each other.  For, in her desire that Macbeth be king, Lady Macbeth unsexes herself and becomes ruthless.  Yet, she is visibly shaken at the resemblance of Duncan to her father and cannot herself commit the murder.  Her conscience, then, weaker than her aspirations for her husband, causes her to go insane with her all-consuming guilt. Macbeth, too, commits heinous deeds because of his "vaulting ambition" while at the same time feeling guilt and, certainly, remorse at the untimely death of his wife:  "She should have died hereafter;/There would have been a time for such a word." 

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diali | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM (Answer #5)

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the most tragic about their life is that they have the right ambition ( because everyone want the best for themselves ) but they have accomplished it in a wrong way. If we consider Macbeth's tragic flaw it would be his ambition also i would definetely say that the more appropriate for Macbeth's tragic flaw is his weakness of character that he couldn't make out his own decisions though somewhere he knew microcosmically that what he is gonna committ is absolutely wrong but still he relied on Lady Macbeth's advices. And for lady the most tragic is that she wanted good for her husband but she brought out it to be worse for him

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 1, 2012 at 3:21 AM (Answer #6)

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The tragedy is that Macbeth was once a good person.  There is evidence that he was a brave soldier, and a loyal subject.  However, the witches twisted his mind and pushed him so that all he saw was his ambition, and Lady Macbeth too.

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