Who Is To Blame For Macbeth's Downfall

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In the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, Macbeth is known as a tragic hero who is destroyed by his own selfish ambitions. At the beginning of this play, Macbeth is portrayed as a courageous and noble hero. Although as this play progresses, Macbeth soon becomes a tyrant king who is willing to murder and under cut anyone who gets in his way. The characters who helped encourage Macbeth into his downfall were the witches, his wife Lady Macbeth and ultimately himself. Even though, the witches, and his wife Lady Macbeth did help push Macbeth into his dark ways, ultimately Macbeth’s own hamartia and hybris led to his own demise. Firstly, the witches play a role in the downfall of Macbeth because of their influential and mysterious personalities. Without the witches interference with Macbeth, he would of never had the motive to kill King Duncan. The witches could be considered evil when they say, “All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!” (1.3.51-52) due to the fact that they are acting…show more content…
Macbeth had decided to not kill the king when he says, “We will proceed no further in this business” (1.7.33) due to four reasons. Those four reasons are, Macbeth is Duncan’s kinsman, he is a man of virtue for serving the king, in killing the King he would be in turn a bad guy, and lastly the only reason he had for killing the King would be his vaulting ambition. However, Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth into killing Duncan by insulting his manliness which Macbeth took to heart, and told him, “I would, while it was smiling in my face,/Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums/And dashed the brains out had I so sworn” (1.7.61-63) of her newborn baby if he asked. Lady Macbeth does all this because of the greediness for power and control, she knows she has the ability to control Macbeth and Macbeth being King would allow her control over the

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