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"… My way of life has fallen into the sere, the yellow leaf…" (Macbeth Act 5, scene 3, lines 22-23). What do you think are the main causes of Macbeth's downfall?

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Macbeth essay--- "... My way of life has fallen into the sere, the yellow leaf..." (Macbeth Act 5, scene 3, lines 22-23). What do you think are the main causes of Macbeth's downfall? The first blow is half the battle--- this is what people always say. However, after reading "Macbeth", I can't help but wonder if it is a true saying. Remember? Macbeth does have a good start. He is a brave, loyal and trustworthy warrior, as well as the honorable Thane of Glamis at the beginning of the play. For me, it's really a pity to see how everything ends: Macbeth is killed, he is eventually a loser, and he can only be regarded as a tragic hero. What makes such a downfall of Macbeth? Everything looks fine with Macbeth, until the scene he encounters with the three witches. "So foul and fair a day I have not seen", this is what Macbeth says before his meeting with those witches, and it echoes with the witches' speech "Fair is foul, and foul is fair" before, proving that he actually has certain evil elements in his mind, like every human being does. ...read more.


With the evil seedling growing bit by bit, Lady Macbeth plays an important role in helping Macbeth's ambition to grow even more, until he believes that he is invincible. She knows that Macbeth has thought of being the king, she knows that sometimes he is just "too full o' the milk of human kindness/To catch the nearest way", therefore she pushes him further, almost forcing him to murder Duncan by using her cunning words. She says that if Macbeth commits the murder, he will "Be so much more the man"; if not, he is just a coward. She encourages Macbeth to arrange the murder plan, asking him to screw his courage. Even when Macbeth's ambition starts to decline after the murder owing to his guilty and regretful feelings, Lady Macbeth keeps on strengthening him. She asks Macbeth "Consider it not so deeply". Saying that a little water can clear them of the deed, she promotes the idea that sins can be washed away easily. This also builds up Macbeth's confidence to himself. ...read more.


Finally, no matter who warns him of the danger of the approaching rebellious armies, and how many times he is told that these reports are true, Macbeth is ignorant and ignores them because he still believes that he is invincible. This disregard and ignorance towards these prophecies is what eventually leads to his death. If you sing before breakfast, you will cry before night. When he notices that he is only a toy of the witches, it is already too late. Yes, his way of life has fallen into the sere, the yellow leaf... though he chooses to stand on the ground for the last battle in his life. Human beings have both good and bad natures. Macbeth's over ambition drives him crazy, making him abandons his good side, turns to the evil side to commit series of murders without thinking about the consequences. With the interposition of Lady Macbeth and the three witches, he builds up his invincible confidence, which leads to his lack of judgment, trusting all the witches tell him, when all along they are just playing him to their own will. He falls, in spite of how bright he is at the beginning of the play. ...read more.

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