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Here we have written a classic tragedy. It is the story about a hero, who becomes a fallen hero. Who exactly brought the downfall of Macbeth? The great play, Macbeth, was written by Shakespeare and is a tale of one man rising into power through treachery and deceit. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is portrayed as a well respected and generally liked man, but his ego and his own ambition led him to believe that he was the rightful king of Scotland. 'All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!' 'All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!' 'All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter!' With these words Macbeth's tragedy begins. If the witches had not put the idea in Macbeth's head, he would have been perfectly content with what he has in his own life. The three witches are playing with Macbeth, teasing and taunting him. In their spells and chants they talk of their love for evil and mischief. ...read more.


Macbeth would never have done this without her help. She persuades him on several occasions and keeps him on track. She tells him to "look like th' innocent flower but be the serpent under't." She is definitely a woman with ambition for her husband and ultimately for herself because if he gets power then so does she as his wife. Lady Macbeth calls upon the spirits to give her strength this shows that she wants Macbeth to be king so she wants to persuade him to do what is necessary. She is a very persuasive character and therefore played a part in Macbeths downfall for it was her who helped him kill the king, proving us she had some power over him. Macbeth did not want to kill the king, showing that he was doubtful, because Duncan has been a good king to him. On the other hand if Macbeth did not want to do this he could have stopped himself if he had not been so ambitious. ...read more.


The fallen hero's ambition was the fuel to his dark deeds. If he had not aspired to become king (which would not have happened if the witches had not spoken to Macbeth) he would not have killed the king. He was a traitor to the country, by even thinking of killing the king; he had committed the highest treason possible, besides killing the king himself, which he also did. The witches and Lady Macbeth can be blamed for Macbeth's downfall, but Macbeth must take the majority of the blame. It was his ambition which leads to his ultimate demise. The witches and Lady Macbeth helped to 'scorch the snake' but it was none other than Macbeth himself, with the courage given to him by becoming king, and fulfilling his ambition, that 'killed the snake.' It was Macbeth's own ambition, aided by Lady Macbeth and the witches, which led to him creating his own downfall ?? ?? ?? ?? Is Macbeth entirely to blame for his own tragedy? Anna Draganova Page 1 ...read more.

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