Essay about Hubris Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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Hubris in Macbeth

Hubris, a noun meaning excessive pride or self-confidence. Synonyms include arrogance, conceit, haughtiness, hauteur, pride, self-importance, egotism, pomposity, superciliousness, superiority. In Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth”, the main character, Macbeth himself, portrays many of the characteristics in hubris. His over ambition, pride, and overconfidence ultimately lead him to his undoing.
“Macbeth” portrays ambition as an incredibly dangerous quality. It causes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s downfall, and triggers a series of deaths within the play. It all begins when Macbeth stumbles across the three old witches and they end up foretelling prophesies for him. The first witch tells him “"All Hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis". The seconds tells him "All Hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor". Finally, the third finishes off the prophecies by telling Macbeth "Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none". Not long after, Macbeth became Thane of Cawdor. As soon as it happens, he begins to contemplate how to become king. He wishes to be crowned as quickly as possible, as does his wife. His wife is the driving force that encourages Macbeth to overcome his strong sense of guilt and take action on the prophesies. He tried to rationalize his impending murder of King Duncan. Macbeth knows that he has “no spur/ To prick the sides of my intent, but only/ Vaulting ambition, which o 'erleaps itself,/ And falls on th 'other. . .” (scene 7. 25–28).…

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