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Macbeths Ambition

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Macbeths Ambition In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Macbeth was a well-respected man of noble birth, but his fortune was reversed after he turned to darkness. He plummeted endlessly into a chasm of evil until his corrupt life was ended on the edge of Macduff's blade. Whose actions opened up the path of darkness to Macbeth? Whose actions led to Macbeth's demise? The answer is threefold. The weird sisters set Macbeth's fate into motion. Lady Macbeth goaded her husband towards the acts of evil that doomed him. Macbeth himself made the choices that cemented his dreadful end. The weird sisters, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth himself all served to bring about Macbeth's downfall. The weird sisters where a malevolent trio that were bent on destroying Macbeth. They initiated the series of events that destroyed Macbeth and tormented the land of Scotland. With the prophetic greeting, "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter", the weird sisters gave Macbeth the confidence to fulfill his scheme of regicide. ...read more.


Lady Macbeth was a major participant in the ruin of Macbeth. She was a woman virtually devoid of human emotions. Her lack of principles and mindless ambition made her a proponent of seizing the throne. She goaded her husband into the act of vile murder with the words, ". Lady Macbeth called Macbeth weak and made light of his manhood in order to influence him towards the murder of Duncan. Without the influence of his wife, Macbeth may have lacked the single minded resolve to go through with the murder of good King Duncan. In addition to pushing Macbeth to commit the murders, Lady Macbeth acted as accomplice that made his succession to the throne possible. Lady Macbeth came up with the plan to frame two innocent guards for the murder of Duncan. Macbeth may have never been able to go through the murder that led to his downfall. The witches and Lady Macbeth were contributors, but Macbeth himself played the largest role in bringing about his horrid demise. ...read more.


Macbeth failed to analyze the possible ways that the prophecy could be fulfilled. He did not believe it even possible that the witches might simply have been lying to him with some of their prophecies. Macbeth never analyzed the motives of the weird sisters. Why would they want to help him? The witches certainly would not help out of kindness. It turned out that the weird sisters plotted his destruction the entire time. Sated with the power of the royalty, Macbeth trusted the witches. This was his undoing. In Macbeth, the weird sisters plotted and initiated the downfall of Macbeth. Lady Macbeth helped move along the process of her husband's damnation. The flaw-filled Macbeth chose a path marked with signs of evil, murder, and mayhem. All parties contributed their own integral elements to the downfall of Macbeth. All were partly to blame for the climatic downfall of the treacherous Macbeth. All were responsible for spreading that most ruinous peculiarity known as evil. ...read more.

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