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´╗┐Slide 1- at the start of the play Macbeth is introduced as a noble, brave, loyal man, who would never harm his king. If it weren?t for his greed and the influences of the people around him, he would have happily stayed as the Thane of Cawdor. The downfall of Macbeth was ignited by the actions of those around him: mainly the witches, his wife lady Macbeth, and eventually, his ambitions took over. Slide 2- it can be argued that the witches are responsible for Macbeth?s downfall. They are the ones who made the prophesy, which a catalyst to all events. Before meeting them, Macbeth would have never have thought about killing his King. They also made their prediction more reliable by saying the he was the Thane of Glamis. The witches knew a lot about Macbeth without even meeting him before. This adds mystery to the three witches, which catches Macbeths? and Banquo?s attention. ...read more.

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She says if he won?t do then he won?t be a real man. Also that he would be so much better if he carried out the deed. It can be argued that Lady Macbeth gives him the desire for the witches? predictions to come true. Slide 4 - When Lady Macbeth heard about the prophecies made by the witches, and how one of them had come true she called upon evil spirits to guide her through her task of killing the king. This further more shows her obsession with power. It could be she wants to kill Duncan for her own gain as well as his. Even though Macbeth wanted to blackout she still persuaded him to kill Duncan. She was aware of her husband weakness. Lady Macbeth thinks that Macbeth is not evil enough to kill his king. She allows her ambitions to get he better of her, and believes that it is her responsibility to guide Macbeth to reach his destiny. ...read more.

Conclusion

At the beginning of the play, Macbeth was described as a brave warrior who was loyal to his king, but like any other person, he had his weak points. The thought of killing Duncan never passed Macbeth?s mind, but was planted by the witches, the false confidence given to him by his wife and his own greed and action, are all responsible for Macbeth?s downfall. Ultimately Macbeth is to blame for his own destruction, allowing him to be influenced by others. First he ignores the voice of his psyche. He knows what he is doing is wrong even before he murders Duncan, but he allow lady Macbeth and greed to cloud his judgment. Secondly, Macbeth willing listens to the witches with no reason to believe if want they were saying was true. Macbeth could have dismissed the prophecies like Banquo did, but instead he chose to believe in the predictions, which ultimately lead to his own downfall. The fact that he murdered Banquo without any influence at all shows Macbeth?s true darkness inside him and what he is willing to do in order to be crowned king. ...read more.

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