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What influences are important in bringing about Macbeth's downfall?

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What influences are important in bringing about Macbeth's downfall? 3 main things influences Macbeth's downfall, these are the witches because they use 'spells' to help bring about his immoral behaviour e.g. murders and conspiracies. However other factors can be considered significant to bring about his downfall such as Lady Macbeth and himself. Macbeth himself can be blamed mainly because he is 'weak minded' meaning he can be fooled into doing anything. i.e. 'All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor.' This is a speech from the three witches' prophesizing his future. 'All hail Macbeth, that shalt be King thereafter'. Macbeth takes this into account and asks them to tell him more meaning that Macbeth may believe that he will become king. Macbeth believes anything the other characters tell him for example Lady Macbeth in act 1 scene 7 tells Macbeth that if he asked her to kill her own baby she would. 'And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn you have done to this.' Macbeth then becomes even more ambitious and forgets that he was killing Duncan. ...read more.

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The word 'fair' signifies Macbeth at the start of the play where he is named 'brave' and 'noble'. 'Foul' signifies Macbeth when he becomes evil and describes as a 'tyrant'. The witches could foretell the future, they can add temptation, and influence to Macbeth, but they cannot control his destiny. Macbeth creates his own misery when he is driven by his own sense of guilt. This causes him to become insecure as to the reasons for his own action which eventually causes him to commit more murders. The witches offer great enticement, but it is in the end each individual's decision to fall for the temptation, or to be strong enough to resist their captivation. The three witches are only responsible for the introduction of these ideas and for further forming ideas, in Macbeth's head, but they are not responsible for his actions throughout the play. Lady Macbeth is shown early in the play as an ambitious woman with a single purpose. She can manipulate Macbeth easily. This is shown in act 1 scene 5 line 25 'That I may pour my spirits in thine ear.' ...read more.

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He is responsible for anything he does and must take total responsibility for his actions. Macbeth is the one who made the final decision to carry out his actions. He made these final decisions and continued with the killings to cover that of King Duncan. The killing of Duncan starts an unstoppable chain of events in the play that ends with the murder of Macbeth and the suicide of Lady Macbeth. Macbeth chooses to murder Duncan. Macbeth, in the beginning had all of the qualities of an honourable gentleman who could become anything. This is all shattered when his ambition overrides his sense of morality. Although Macbeth is warned as to the validity of the witches prophesies, he is tempted and refuses to listen to reason from Banquo. When the second set of prophesies I.e. the apparitions. Macbeth receives begin to show their faults Macbeth blames the witches for deceiving him with half truths. While the witches are not totally responsible for the actions of Macbeth, they are responsible for introducing the ideas to Macbeth which in turn fired up Macbeth's ambition and led to a disastrous and unnecessary chain of events. English Coursework What influences help bring about Macbeth's downfall Alex Costales 10k7 Page 1 10/05/2007 ...read more.

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