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To what extent does the ruin of Macbeth come from his own character and to what extent is it due to other influences?

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Lauren Walker, 10 Kirkhope To what extent does the ruin of Macbeth come from his own character and to what extent is it due to other influences? In many ways, Macbeth was responsible for his own downfall. He was the character who physically murdered King Duncan, felt it was necessary to murder Banquo and attempt to murder Fleance and to kill Macduffs wife and children. Despite this, one must consider that none of the crimes would have occurred if the witches had not planted the idea of the crown in Macbeths head. Macbeth was very apprehensive about murdering King Duncan right up until he committed it. Also, if Lady Macbeth had not been there pushing him to execute the assassination, he probably wouldn't have done it as soon as he did, if at all. Although Macbeth was responsible for his demise to a certain extent, outside influences certainly played a large part in it. ...read more.


These events reveal that Macbeth is definitely partially responsible for his end. Lady Macbeth's actions also resulted in her husband's downfall as well as his own. Had she not convinced Macbeth to kill King Duncan, he wouldn't have carried out the murder as soon as he did, if at all. Her persuasive manner allowed her to manipulate Macbeth so she can achieve her means. When he is having second thoughts, she makes Macbeth feel he will be cowardly unless he carries out the murder. Even after the murder, she convinces him that it is not major concern. A little water clears us of this deed:/How easy is it then! (2, 2, 85 - 86) The fact that she could influence Macbeth so easily at the beginning of the play already makes her responsible for her husband's ruin to a degree. As the play wears on she begins to lose her control over Macbeth and has little to do with the deaths of Banquo and the Macduffs. ...read more.


The way the army opposing Macbeth approach Dunsinane I by taking branches from Birnam wood and using them as camouflage; therefore bringing Birnam wood to Dunsinane. The witches misled Macbeth making him feel indestructible, consequently leading him to his end. Their intentions were to lead Macbeth to his ruin, making them the most responsible for it. The ruin of Macbeth was caused not only by himself, but also by other characters. As the character who murdered King Duncan in the flesh, he can't be crossed-off as partly responsible. Lady Macbeth also played a part in convincing Macbeth to kill King Duncan in the first place, but the witches as an outside influence probably played the largest part in his downfall. They gave him the idea of becoming King, made him feel impregnable and ultimately led him to his fall. Macbeth's gullible nature allowed him to be swayed as they wanted and believed what they wanted him to believe. This is why I feel that it was to the largest extent the witches who led Macbeth to his downfall. 1, 017 words ...read more.

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