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Act IV

Macbeth is a tragic hero, a person of high rank who is brought to an eventful ruin by a flaw in his character.  Macbeth's tragic flaw is his ambition, which leads him into a series of bloody and indefensible acts.  Write a composition in which you relate Macbeth's character to the plot develpment of the play.

We see the triumph of evil in a man with many good qualities. We are made aware that the potential for evil is frighteningly present in all of us and needs only the wrong circumstances and a relaxation of our desire for good. The good in Macbeth cries out poignantly through his feverish imagination, but his worldly ambition, the influence of Lady Macbeth, and the instigation of a supernatural power all combine to crush his better nature.By the end of the play Macbeth has collapsed beneath the weight of his evil, and the desperate tyrant has so isolated himself from society—and from his own moral sensibility—that for him life seems "a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, / Signifying nothing' (5.5.26-28). His once good nature is now bad.  This is the basic theme and plot of the play, " foul is fair, and fair is foul."

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*Prentice Hall Literature