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Explore the factors that contribute to Macbeth's downfall - Who or what do you think is responsible?

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Explore the factors that contribute to Macbeth's downfall. Who or what do you think is responsible? At the beginning of the play Macbeth appears to be a loyal and honourable person. When we are introduced to him for the first time he is introduced as 'Brave Macbeth' because of the risks he has taken during battle. However, his character changes throughout the play by the influences of several other characters. This essay will discuss the factors contributing to Macbeth's downfall, and who or what is responsible. One of the first key points that influenced Macbeth greatly was the witches, or also known as the 'weird sisters'. The witches played a large role in Macbeth as they were the instigators of the entire plot. They are responsible for putting the idea that Macbeth could become king of Scotland in his head. In act 1 scene 3, lines 47 - 50 the witches say to Macbeth: 'All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis. All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor. ...read more.

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Lady Macbeth is an influence on Macbeth that lets out his evil side. I do not think that Macbeth is a cold-blooded killer with no feelings; I think that Lady Macbeth brought out that side of him. Macbeth is a brave hero and a brutal murderer. The first time we hear of Macbeth in Act 1 Scene 2 he is known as a brave warrior. He dies bravely too - he fights to the end even though he knows he will not win, in Act 5 Scene 8. He brutally kills Duncan in Act 2 Scene 2 , but they are signs to show that Macbeth does not want to. He knows that killing Duncan is wrong because he decides not to do it an Act 1 Scene 7, but Lady Macbeth talks him into it, as I discussed before. Before Duncan is killed Macbeth feels bad, and after he has done it he feels extremely guilty. In Act 3, when he has Banquo killed, he is a guilty wreck when Banquo's ghost appears. ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth feels like people are nothing more than actors playing a part on a stage, and that they are not really in control of their lives. Macbeth's fortune in the play is a tragic one. Many people believe that fate is what you make it. Macbeth started out as a hero and became more popular as he was made Thane of Cawdor. Everything looked positive for his future until he became too greedy and his desire for power overwhelmed him. In act 1 scene 2 Macbeth is given the title 'Thane of Cawdor' but the title first belonged to one who was 'a most disloyal triator'. '...The merciless Macdonald- Worthy to be a rebel...' Lines 9 -10 This may symbolize the future that was to be for Macbeth. Killing Duncan made Macbeth more hungry for power and the more he killed the more power he wanted. By doing this Macbeth's fate changed and he no longer had a happy and successful life ahead of him. The witches' prophesies, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth's ambition, and his fate, all play a major role in the tragic downfall of Macbeth, which is his death. ...read more.

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