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The tragic downfall of Macbeth was not determined by one single cause. It was rather caused by a combination of three forces: supernatural, lady Macbeth, and Macbeth.

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The tragic downfall of Macbeth was not determined by one single cause. It was rather caused by a combination of three forces: supernatural, lady Macbeth, and Macbeth. MACBETH HIMSELF William Shakespeare's Macbeth is a tragedy about a war hero named Macbeth, who follows his ambition with evil and who is repaid with evil. Although the witches' predictions are responsible for influencing Macbeth's thoughts, no one tells Macbeth to kill Duncan. Macbeth is responsible for putting power into the hands of Lady Macbeth and letting her influence him. Another example of Macbeth's early thoughts of treachery occurs when Duncan formally names his son Malcolm as his successor. "Stars, hide your fires; / Let not light see my black and deep desires: / The eye wink at the hand! yet let that be, /" (I, iv, 57-59). Macbeth is vexed at the Duncan's choice of successor and wishes to overleap the situation with murder. No one helps Macbeth's thoughts to prepare for the murder of Duncan. It is Macbeth and Macbeth only who is responsible for his own ambitions. ...read more.

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Macbeth is aware that his thoughts are corrupt and he knows that justice will somehow punish him. However, Macbeth makes no attempt to reverse the situation and is thereby responsible for his downfall. SUPERNATURAL The tragic downfall of Macbeth was not determined by one single cause. It was rather caused by a combination of three forces: supernatural, lady Macbeth, Macbeth. The very beginning of the play indicates that dark supernatural force will be involved throughout the play. Witches' prophecies play very important role in leading Macbeth to evil deeds. Weird sisters trick Macbeth by telling one truth about The Thane of Cawdor. After this almost impossible prediction becomes true Macbeth that he should be king as well. Not only they make Macbeth thinking about murdering Duncan; they also bring him to the decision to kill Banquo and his son by saying that Banquo's children will be kings. Throughout the whole play dark supernatural powers trick and deceive Macbeth. ...read more.

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She never questions the necessity of Macbeth becoming king and never pays attention to Macbeth's thoughts and opinion, just as mother would never care about her son's opinion about the 'stupid' homework. Macbeth's decision to "proceed no further in this business" (I.vii) was not even considered as a possible outcome by her. Lady Macbeth uses all the methods she can to convince her husband to murder Duncan. She uses Macbeth's love to her as an instrument saying that if he will not kill the king he really doesn't love her. She asks him if he is a man, tells him that he will be "so much more a man" after murdering Duncan. She gives Macbeth an example of how resolute and cruel he should be telling him that she--woman who is supposed to be kind and compassionate--would be able to kill her own child: I would, while it [baby] was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn As you have done to this. (I.vii.61-64) ...read more.

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