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The downfall of Macbeth.

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Macbeth At the start of the play Macbeth and his evilness are not at one. Macbeth is a good man and a valiant warrior for Scotland and King Duncan against the Norwegians. Thane of Cawdor has committed treason against King Duncan and Macbeth is to be given the title Thane of Cawdor. Some witches confront Macbeth and Banquo. Banquo is a good friend of Macbeth and is equal to in battle. The witches tell Macbeth that he is to be Thane of Cawdor and then later, King. Banquo was also told that his children are to be King. Macbeth realises that the witches were telling the truth when he is given the title Thane of Cawdor upon his own title, Thane of Glamis. Macbeth has a lot of driving ambition when he is told he will be king after his rise if nobility to Thane of Cawdor. Immediately he writes to his wife, Lady Macbeth telling her of the witches and what they have told him. This letter that Macbeth has wrote shows how strong their relationship is, they are obviously very close partners. When King Duncan comes to stay at Dunsinane castle, Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth has made a plot to kill the king. ...read more.


The people believed that the order was broken; the killing of Duncan had caused chaos because his people did not know were there loyalty lied. This was because many people suspected Macbeth to be Duncan's killer which was why Mc'Duff fled to England to find the real hair to the throne. Killing a king is the ultimate treacherous act of evil, because of the religions of the people who lived in Shakespearean times the king was believed to be directly sent by god. The character of Macbeth changes several times during this play but it is all around him changing from good to evil. Macbeth greets everyone to the banquet and naively thinks that he can keep the chain of order, Macbeth says "you know your own degrees, sit down" this means that Macbeth actually thinks that things will just go on as usual with him as king. Having Banquo killed at the banquet is highly effective, but when Macbeth knows he has just sent people to kill Banquo in order to cover up what he has done by killing the king brings a lot of guilt and anoxity from Macbeth into the scene, making it a crucial part in the play. ...read more.


Macbeth is acting very paranoid by the end of act three scene four. This is because Lady Macbeth has told him that Mc'Duff has not come to the banquet. Macbeth believes that Mc'Duff is onto him and Macbeth realises that he hasn't got anyone paid to spy on Mc'Duff's castle. At the end of the scene Macbeth says, "we are yet young indeed", meaning that he is only getting started. I feel he is saying this because he feels safe from attack because of what the two things the witches had said to him. The two things being; he can only be killed by a man not born of a woman and there is nothing to worry about until Birnum wood comes to Dunsinane Castle. These two things that the witches had said are both true but made to trick Macbeth into believing that he is safe. Mc'Duff is Macbeths killer because he was born by a caesarean section meaning that he wasn't born of a woman. The other thing that the witches said about he is safe until the Birnum wood comes to the Dunsinane castle is also a trick because the army chop down the woods in order to keep them self camouflaged so the can get close enough to attack the castle. ...read more.

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