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Who is responsible for Macbeths downfall?

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Who is responsible for Macbeths downfall? In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, the main character, Macbeth, is a brave and loyal subject to the king of Scotland, but as the play progresses, his character begins to change severely. His downfall was caused by a combination of three dark forces: supernatural, external and internal. They are the three weird sisters (witches') and the dark powers behind them, Lady Macbeth's influence, and finally, Macbeth's own ambition, which brought him to his downfall. In the first act the weird sisters prepare a surprise for Macbeth, surprise that will possibly cost him life. The sisters tell Macbeth that he is to become the Thane of Cawdor and soon after, king. This induces Macbeth's curiosity of how he can become the King of Scotland. "Stay, you imperfect speakers. Tell me more. By Finel's death, I know I am Thane of Glamis, but how of Cawdor? ...read more.

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At this point, Macbeth seeks advice from his wife, Lady Macbeth. She begins to push Macbeth towards the act of murdering Duncan. She is manipulative and persuasive in corrupting Macbeth's judgement. "What beast was't then that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man. And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more the man". (Act 1. Sc.7) In this quote, Lady Macbeth is agitating Macbeth by saying he is not a man if he does not murder Duncan. Lady Macbeth uses all the method she can to convince her husband to murder Duncan. She uses Macbeth's love to her as an instrumental saying that if he will not kill the king he really doesn't love her. She asks him if he's a man, tells him he will be "so much more a man" after murdering Duncan. ...read more.

Conclusion

Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth planned this crime. But Macbeth, making him guiltier of the crime, did the actual murder. Lady Macbeth just talked bout the crime, but she never actually went through with it nor would she ever, and that is all that counts. Talking about committing the incident is very different from actually doing it. Lady Macbeth did a little more than just talk about it though. She also urged Macbeth into doing it and that is what makes her part of this crime, but she is not as guilty as Macbeth. He really didn't have to listen to what his wife said. Macbeth had a mind of his own and he could make his own decision. It was Macbeth who agreed with them, Macbeth who committed the murder, Macbeth who decided to continue walking along the bloody path. Therefore its Macbeth's own fault for his own downfall. However, it is very unlikely that the entire event in the play would have happened, if there had not been help given by the witches and Macbeth's wife. ...read more.

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