• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare four great tragedies

Extracts from this document...


Macbeth is one of Shakespeare four great tragedies. The witches, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth were all responsible for the tragic events that occurred, to some extent. The witches were the ones to start the evil as they drilled the prophecies into Macbeth. His vaulting ambition drove him to perform not only the murder of Duncan but of many others, and Lady Macbeth also had a part in persuading him to do it. She keeps very calm until guilt suddenly strikes and she then commits suicide. Macbeth is about a successful military leader whom is presented with prophecies that he would be king, by the witches. He is then persuaded by his wife that he should kill King Duncan rather than let the prophecy unfold and invites him to his castle. After doing so, paranoia takes over and Macbeth kills all that pose a threat to him. His state of mind is deteriorating and he begins to see things such as the ghost of Banquo, whom he had killed. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth's main faults which led to tragic happenings in Macbeth were those of her powerful and manipulative character which persuaded Macbeth to kill Duncan. She gives him courage, presents him with a plan and tells him how they must act to get away with it. "...look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under it...Only look up clear, To altar favour ever is to fear." Lady Macbeth also wanted the spirits to take away her kindness feminine tendencies so she could help with the murder. "...unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top full Of direst cruelty." She was culpable for making Macbeth feel unmanly which resulted in him proving himself by killing Duncan. Although, she wasn't the one with the dagger, to a certain degree she was to blame. Lady Macbeth was also responsible for the death of the Chamberlains as she put blood on their faces. ...read more.


"I have almost forgotten the taste of fears. The time has been my senses would have cool'd To here a night shriek." He no longer cares for anything. This shows how his responsibility for the brutal issues in the play have driven him to feel and have effected him. Macbeth, the Witches and Lady Macbeth all played vital roles in the Shakespeare tragedy Macbeth. Each of them were accountable for each of the tragic events that occurred. The witches were the first ones in the play and were there to set the mood. That was where the trouble started and from then on, their prophecies were the ones to blame for the happenings. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth's characters changed through out the play. They were in the murder together after she persuaded him and just wanted to be royalty. It wasn't what it lived up to be and they spent the rest of their days worried of what was to become of them and riding with guilt on their backs. All of these characters were responsible for the horrific events both directly and indirectly. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. How can blame be apportioned in “Macbeth”?

    Macbeth, because they had told Macbeth that he would be King he became impatient and tried to hurry it as quickly as he could. But they can not control his destiny. Macbeth creates his own misery when he is driven by his own sense of guilt.

  2. Shakespeare's dealing with women in his tragedies and comedies.

    Come to my woman's breasts, And take my milk for gall, you murd'ring ministers" (1.5 39-47)2 She follows the stereotype of her time, which associates "masculinity with control, strength, and success; and femininity with weakness, loss of control, and disorder."3 Although she is a woman, she is somewhat an androgynous

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work