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Assess the significance of the following factors in the downfall of Macbeth; the supernatural, Lady Macbeth, and his own ambition. Do you consider him to be a hero or a villain?

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Macbeth Essay Assess the significance of the following factors in the downfall of Macbeth; the supernatural, Lady Macbeth, and his own ambition. Do you consider him to be a hero or a villain? In this essay I will be discussing and assessing the significance of the three factors which lead to Macbeth's downfall; the supernatural (the witches), Lady Macbeth and his own ambitions. Macbeth is the central character and therefore played a large part in the play, hence the title, "The Tragedy of Macbeth". The whole play is dominated by the great changes which take place in his character. The play has a tight, compact structure and everything centres on Macbeth, most of the other characters are not developed to any great degree and often serve merely to offset the main character. Macbeth holds the largest part in the play and his character knows the difference between right and wrong. Macbeth is ambitious, but he enjoys the good compliments which the King and other people have of him, which does hold him back. At the beginning Macbeth is a successful general and also the Thane of Glamis who is described as noble and valiant. "O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman". Macbeth is well respected and looked up to after he triumphed in battle against the Norwegians and risked his life for Scotland, even though they were threatened by Norway who had the advantage of a stronger army. ...read more.

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For example: "He's that coming must be provided for". Macbeth keeps changing his mind about killing Duncan. He is finally persuaded to go ahead by the determination of Lady Macbeth. When he tells her how Duncan has given him 'new honors' lately and that he wants to enjoy the 'golden' opinion of everyone. He says this to her because he doesn't want to seem weak. Lady Macbeth's turns against Macbeth and says to him, "Was the hope drunk, I wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since...." She accuses him of being a coward. Lady Macbeth's words have a great effect on Macbeth, similar to the witches. Her powerful speech explains how far she would go to get what she wanted; she would never go back on her word. Lady Macbeth has joined evil and has seen a chance for Macbeth to become king. She is very forceful in her language and conjures up images of horror. Her earlier wish has been granted. Macbeth's decision is attacked and crumbles under his wife's words, especially after his bravery is questioned. But he still is worried about what will happen to them if they fail, but she tells him they won't if they keep their nerve. Throughout this scene it is quite astounding to see how such a weak woman can have so much power over a fearsome warrior. ...read more.

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Macbeth was someone who was too suspicious of those he should have trusted and too trusting of the witches. Whom he should have suspected more. Macbeth was a brave soldier who was also a moral coward. Macbeth was to blame for his actions as the concept of responsibility is linked to the idea of choice. Macbeth chose to believe the witches prophecies and this is proved when he revisits them. "How now you secret, black and midnight hags? What is't you do?" The witches prophecies stir ambition within him-he could've chosen to ignore them like Banquo, but perhaps he couldn't since it meant so much to him that 'Macbeth shalt be king hereafter'. Macbeth probably had thoughts along with his wife about being king and having control and power. Macbeth also goes along with Lady Macbeth's plan to kill Duncan instead of trying to persuade her out of it. He chooses to do this, "I have done the deed" "I am settled and bend up. Each corporal agent to this terrible feat. Away and mock time with fairest show. False face must hide what doth heart know". Macbeth also chooses to kill Banquo and to carry out the rest of the murders. Macbeth was responsible for his downfall in the choices he made. However the witches did play a part, they were the "instruments of evil" and Lady Macbeth played a part in urging Macbeth to dill Duncan. Ultimately however, Macbeth was responsible for his own downfall and what happened to him. Macbeth Coursework Essay. P�y�l P�tel 10.5 ?? ?? ?? ?? P�y�l P�tel Macbeth ...read more.

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