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Trace the downfall of Macbeth from "Brave Macbeth", "Worthy gentleman", to "This dead butcher".

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Trace the downfall of Macbeth from "Brave Macbeth", "Worthy gentleman", to "This dead butcher". "For brave Macbeth, (well he deserves that name)", this quotation was said by the Captain to Duncan in Act 1 Scene 2 while they were discussing how Macbeth had killed the rebel McDonwald, and then with Banquo, had fought off and attack from the Norwegians who were allied with the rebels. After the Captain had told Duncan the news he replied with "O valiant cousin, worthy gentleman". Which tells the reader how highly Duncan and the Lords respects Macbeth for his noble Achievement at the beginning of the play. Macbeth's downfall started from ambition, he was very keen to become king and showed a lot of courage, he was very highly respected as a gentleman and he knew that, Macbeth started to take advantage of his situation and everything started to fall apart in his life, including his love life. Meanwhile, Macbeth and Banquo meet the witches for the first time, Macbeth asks them to speak, the witches come out with three prophecies, "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! ...read more.

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told what to do by his wife so she is going to take part in this deed as well, to help Macbeth reign as king. "This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air nimbly and sweetly recommends itself unto our gentle senses". This was in Act 1 Scene 6, when Duncan arrives and comments Macbeth's admirable castle and the beautiful setting of it; he is welcomed by Lady Macbeth and Duncan replies with, "See, see! Our honoured hostess". Lady Macbeth leads Duncan into the castle, meanwhile Macbeth is getting very agitated about going through with the murder of the king. He is thinking deeply about all of the possible consequences of this, also he finds strong powerful reasons against this deed. "Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself". This is used in Macbeth's soliloquy in Act 1 Scene 7, when Macbeth is saying lots of reasons why not to go through with the deed. Macbeth thinks about Duncan's virtues and imagines the terrible reactions to his murder. When he tells his wife that they must not proceed with their plans to kill Duncan, she accuses him of being a coward. ...read more.

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Another one of his downfalls was the rise of suspicion. When Banquo had suspicions of Macbeth, Macbeth had Banquo killed, and then he was suspected even more, Macbeth was scared. Not late after the murder of Banquo, there is a banquet and Banquo is meant to be there, pretending to be disappointed over Banquo's absence from the feast, then he is appalled at the sight of the ghost. The Lords start to have second thoughts about Macbeth then before they have a time to speak Lady Macbeth makes excuses for her husband and makes them leave. Macbeth's moral decline was mostly from all of the murders he had done and did himself including Macduff's family, he could just not cope with all the guilt building up all the time and being afraid to get caught. Just before Lady Macbeth dies she tells of what wrong she has done and all the murders committed, Macbeth thinks with Lady Macbeth now dead what is the point in his life now, without her. Macbeth struggles into his armour because he has recently heard that the two armies opposing him have joined forces, he was getting ready for his death. Macbeth finally faces Macduff, but Macbeth refuses to fight, as Macbeth has nothing to live for and at the bottom of his low career, rather than submit to Malcolm and be humiliated, Macbeth fights on and is killed! ...read more.

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