The Downfall of Macbeth

The Downfall of Macbeth

  • Submitted By: dylan
  • Date Submitted: 11/16/2008 11:59 PM
  • Category: English
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In the play of Macbeth, Macbeth is the tragic hero, who is of noble status and falls to become a tyrant and hated character. Who or what brings about this downfall is a question that the play raises. In my opinion it is not just one person or feeling that completes this task but many put together. Such as the witches who stir the thoughts already in Macbeth’s head, lady Macbeth who pushes Macbeth to commit the murder, Duncan for being such a naive king and not questioning Macbeth’s loyalty, Macbeth’s vaulting ambition for the want and need of the top job, Or Macbeth himself for letting these things get too him.

The witches play a major role in the downfall of Macbeth. Due to the fact that they get information that he will be Thane of Cawdor and know that he wants to be king.
When they put these two things together it makes them both sound truthful. Macbeth only hears what he wants to hear and that is that he will become Thane of Cawdor but mainly King. If Macbeth had not already had that ambition inside him, he would have just cast it off as mere blasphemy. The fact also is though that Macbeth didn’t really listen nor do he care about the witches comments about Banqou’s heirs until it is already too late. If he had of thought about the fact that no matter what he did Banquo would father a whole dynasty of kings before he had killed Duncan maybe he would have questioned his actions enough to not commit the deed but he did not and so began his downfall.

Lady Macbeth plays quite a lead role in the process of Macbeth’s downfall. She pushes herself to the limit to ensure that her husband gets the position he desires and that position is The King of Scotland.
Lady Macbeth after reading the letter sent to her by her husband is enthralled that he has an opportunity to gain the position the top job that he desired. She soon realises though that he is too kind hearted to murder the king and take the easy option...

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