How does Shakespeare present human weaknesses and flaws through Macbeth

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Throughout Scene 1-4 Macbeth is portrayed as a heroic and valiant man, however with sly and manipulative characteristics brought out by the Witches. The use of structure and language allows Shakespeare to present both Macbeths flaws and weaknesses to the audience.
Structurally scene 1 opens with the witches gathered together reciting plans about meeting Macbeth, establishing an occult malevolence which permeates the play. The choice of starting with the witches instantly creates a mood of terror and unearthly evil, setting an unnatural and deceptive atmosphere. The third witch says, ‘There to meet Macbeth’, this intertwining of Macbeth reflects the relationship which will be made between him and the witches, and the evil which is going
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These connotations highlight a flaw of Macbeth, as he is an assistant of the King and in some ways only as powerful as a servant. Structurally it is important for Macbeth to be se-up as a pinnacle of loyalty for his ‘tragic hero’ status to ensure, and to highlight the witches’ power over humans and their ability to bring forward human weaknesses.
Scene 3 is the first time Shakespeare has Macbeth appear, a time in which both the world of the witches and the world of mean collide, making their threat a reality. Additionally, this scene shows the beginning of Macbeth’s downfall and temptation, the start of the witches plans to destruct Macbeth. The language of Macbeth has an uncanny ring reminiscent of the witches, “So foul and fair a day I have not seen,” this phrase suggests that because his syntax is so close to the witches, he is somehow already intertwined with them, and evil will shortly prevail. This connection with the witches highlights Macbeth’s weakness to temptation, and his malevolence hidden behind his character. The line, “Stay, you imperfect speakers. Tell me more,” not only accentuates the supernatural being of the witches through the word “imperfect”, but from the word choice of the imperative verbs it indicates Macbeth’s urgency to find out more about the prophecy’s he seeks out, and the involvement with the

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