Macbeth is a play about tragedy, tragedy of a good man who falls victim to a flaw in his own character, which leads to his own downfall. These flaws lead Macbeth to a path of evil and corruption. Unfortunately Macbeth contributes to his own fate more than what is needed. His strengths backfire and become his weaknesses. He is lead from kindness and honesty to treachery and betrayal. In his quest for the crown he loses all his virtuous qualities and respect from others. Everyone in the play "Macbeth" has a flaw, and some have a major flaw which leads to their death. .
During the play, Macbeth's strengths were ambition, courage, and honour. Before the murders, Macbeth used these qualities and earned him a new title "Thane of Cawdor". "For brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name-Disdaining fortune, with his brandish"d steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like valour's minion carv"d out his passage, till he fac"d the slave". Soon he loses these qualities when he meets the three witches, who bring out the evil ambition in Macbeth with their prophecy.
The major flaw in Macbeth was his ambition, his ambition for power, his ambition for the crown, for the throne. His ambition is influenced by the witches" prophecies as he begins to consider murdering Duncan, "If good, why do I yield to that suggestion, whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs, against the use of nature?" The witch's prophecy influenced Macbeth by turning his ambition into a tragic reality.
Lady Macbeth was also responsible for causing Macbeth's ambition to become a tragic flaw. When Macbeth tells his wife that they won't murder Duncan, she replies "How tender "tis to love the babe that milks me- I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from is boneless gums, and dashed the brains out had I sworn as you have done to this". This statement persuades Macbeth, that he is weaker than a woman if he does not murder King Duncan.