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A basically good and brave man destroyed by circumstances beyond his control(TM). Do you agree with this assessment of Macbeth?

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'A basically good and brave man destroyed by circumstances beyond his control'. Do you agree with this assessment of Macbeth? I agree, but only to a considerable extent. For Macbeth, when things had begun to stray from his control, he could have stood his place and be determined to do what is right, but he did not. He let the situation become beyond his control. He was a good and brave natured man, who allowed his dark desires and vaulting ambition get the better of him. In the play, there are two major causes for the change of circumstances, the deception of the witches and the manipulative nature of his wife, Lady Macbeth. There are various epithets as well as descriptions in the play that suggest Macbeth's good and brave nature, for he was the one who fought in the battle and killed the rebel, Macdonwald. ...read more.

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The witches corrupted his mind, fueling his ambitions and awakening existing 'black and deep' desires. They are responsible for providing another route for Macbeth to follow, but they are not responsible for his gullibility in starting to follow the morally wrong path. But at this moment, he is still hesitant about murdering Duncan, as he bears a 'double trust' with Macbeth by being his guest and king. Circumstances are yet not out of his control, it is his vaulting ambition which leads to his eventual downfall. Lady Macbeth is the primary cause for Macbeth's increasingly vaulting ambition. Through the power of her manipulative words, she deceives Macbeth into thinking that murder is the only way to acquire the throne. When Lady Macbeth receives Macbeth's letter, like her husband, she believes the prophecies to be true, she begins to plan ahead for the murder. She knows her husband's character very well, knowing he is 'too full of the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way'. ...read more.

Conclusion

He himself had brought the downfall upon himself. The statement, 'a basically good and brave man destroyed by circumstances beyond his control,' does not describe what happens to Macbeth. Yes, he was once a good and brave man, but circumstances were never out of his control. Under the influence of the witches and Lady Macbeth, he had allowed himself to give in to his vaulting ambition and go down the path to his doom. He eventually reached a point of no return, and it was only then where things were beyond his control. But he had led himself to the slaughter house expecting not to be slaughtered. The witches and Lady Macbeth both play significant roles in influencing Macbeth to choose the path he does. Both of them are responsible for creating various circumstances in the play; however, they are not responsible for Macbeth's moral cowardice, in allowing them to persuade him to commit the act of regicide. Neither of them had yielded the dagger in which Macbeth kills Duncan with. It was his choice to follow the wrong flow, leading to his eventual destruction. ...read more.

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