Who Was Responsible For Macbeth's Downfall

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“The Tragedy of Macbeth”, by William Shakespeare, is a classic example of a tragic hero. Macbeth, who was once a loyal warrior to his king, came to a downfall. There are many reasons for Macbeth’s collapse of which three will be discussed. The three reasons for Macbeth’s downfall are the prophecies which were told to him by the witches. The fact that Lady Macbeth influenced his actions and judgments, and his deep-rooted ambition lead to his tragic death. The witches took great part of Macbeth’s ruin. They influenced Macbeth by foretelling his position in nobility in the future. Macbeth led to his actions because he was told he would later become Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis, and King of Scotland. However, they are not responsible for his actions. Because they are introduced in the beginning of the play, one…show more content…
The witches could only tell the future, not control destiny. Therefore, by telling Macbeth these prophecies, it only added temptation to do the actions he later committed. The witches completely changed the plot. If they would not have told Macbeth, he would have most likely lived regularly. It is because of them that he later starts thinking of how these prophecies will come true. By knowing his future, Macbeth thinks it is his destiny and tries to do everything in order to achieve it. At that moment, the witches also told Banquo that his descendants would be kings. If Macbeth would not have known that, he would not have killed Banquo and try to kill his son Fleance. Macbeth also felt threatened by Banquo because he knew the prophecies as well; for this reason, Banquo suspected Macbeth to be the murderer of Duncan and then Macbeth decided to kill him. When Macbeth meets with the witches the second time, they tell him three apparitions. The first is an armed head, meaning that Macduff will come back from England to defeat him. The second apparition tells
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