Ambition Is Responsible For Macbeth's Downfall

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Ambition: a strong desire or determination to achieve success or a goal. In the play “Macbeth”, ambition was the one fatal flaw that caused Macbeths downfall. But is he really to blame, or was it others that triggered his aspiration to become king? In this play, there are three main characters that influenced his choices that led him to his wrongdoings; the witches, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself. I believe the witches are considerably accountable for Macbeth’s downfall. When Macbeth and Banquo first met the witches, they gave Macbeth three prophecies “All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis”. “All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor”. “All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter”. These prompted Macbeth into thinking his fate was to become King. Banquo attempted to warn Macbeth about the witches expressing they were “instruments of darkness”. Although Macbeth does not take into concern what Banquo has to say. In an aside Macbeth suggests of killing Duncan saying, “Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair”. After Macbeth murders Duncan, he goes looking…show more content…
In a soliloquy, Lady Macbeth reads the letter she receives from Macbeth about the witch’s prophecies. She is excited about becoming queen and persuades Macbeth to kill King Duncan. As she was trying to convince Macbeth to man up and kill Duncan, she says, “When you durst do it, then you were a man; and to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man”. Lady Macbeth undertook most of the planning to kill King Duncan, as she believes Macbeth was too much of a coward and could not carry out such a plan himself. She shows her resolution by stating “leave the rest to me!” Lady Macbeth continuing to nag and mock Macbeth for his lack of courage resulted in Macbeth forth going with the murder of king Duncan. Therefore, I believe Lady Macbeth is to blame for somewhat of Macbeth’s
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