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What characteristics, other than ambition led to the downfall of Macbeth?

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G.C.S.E Shakespeare assignment on Macbeth What characteristics, other than ambition led to the downfall of Macbeth? During this essay I will be assessing the characteristics of Macbeth which brought about his downfall and eventually led to his death. It could be argued that because of his ambition it would inevitably lead to his fall downfall and ultimately his death but there are other factors that contributed to it. Within this essay I will address these points and make clear how they affected him. These characteristics collectively had helped Macbeth to become the man he was hence steered him to the direction of his death. Macbeth has a long list of respectable qualities which had helped him to become the good man he was before the factor of greed had clouded his thoughts and consequently made him become the opposite of what he was. The qualities that Macbeth possessed were many and these were characteristics including bravery, loyalty, honesty and morality. However a majority of these virtues had dissolved as soon as he had been enlightened by the witch who had foretold the future. It could be argued that what would have been Macbeth's fate if he had or hadn't listened to the witches, but never the less he captivated himself with the possible outcome. Therefore he had taken matters into his own hands and adapted himself to the information from the witches and reacted to the situation therefore creating his own destiny. ...read more.


He was in a state of a rampage when killing one person after another. For example giving the order to kill the guard's who had the king's blood on his hands to cover up the murder he had committed. He didn't stop at anything to make sure that he wasn't suspected of murder. The audience can understand that Macbeth is the type who is reckless in his actions and cold in his actions. This can be backed up by his comment 'O, yet I do repent of my fury that I did kill them'. He then continued his unforgiving behaviour by executing any of those who he felt were not loyal to him. His best friend was then becoming suspicious of Macbeth therefore he did not hesitate eliminating him to make sure there were not any complications in his actions. But all of this was climaxing to a great ending where the audience were thinking was there ever going to be an end to his terrible actions. But Macbeth made a huge mistake in killing Macduff's wife and child which indisputably made Macduff angry and lusted for revenge. Macduff who was a worthy opponent for Macbeth challenged him to a battle to seek revenge for what Macbeth had done to him. Macduff showed no mercy and then beheaded Macbeth. In my opinion I do believe that it is very hard to predict whether Macbeth would have killed Duncan in the first place as it was is ambition in the first place to become king. ...read more.


But Macbeth took this a step further as the blood of Duncan was on his hands until he washed them but in his mind he still cannot rid his hands which was the deceit and murder which he had committed. This comment could be backed up by Macbeth saying 'With all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No'. As the play draws to an end Macbeth has been totally consumed by his guilt and has lost his mind he can barely make himself understand that he is in reality and he refers to himself as an 'actor' and nothing in life and not life itself has no meaning. Macbeth had both the positive and negative features to his personality which had enabled him to get him where he was. His past experience on the battle field gave him that edge in killing someone but he had never been prepared for killing someone who he had held close to him as a friend and a loyal soldier to his king. But because of his ambitions and did what he did it had forced him to become paranoid, feeling guilty and mentally unstable. But it was mainly the conscience of Macbeth which had led him to his death but without this factor I do believe that he could have lived a lot longer as king. His time as king was short lived which brings me to my conclusion that it is almost inhumane to commit a murder without the side affect and Macbeth should have taken this into consideration before he killed his friend Duncan. Vishal Abhol 11X4 Ms Conn ...read more.

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