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Who is responsible for the fall of Macbeth from "Noble Macbeth" to the "Dead Butcher"

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Who is responsible for the fall of Macbeth from "Noble Macbeth" to the "Dead Butcherer" In the play Macbeth, the audience may notice that there are three main contributors to the fall of, Great Macbeth, to the dead butcherer. These three are, the three witches, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. Although they all have their vital roles to play, it is Macbeth who the audience would more easily see is the main contributor. Although Macbeth is the main contributor the witches and Lady Macbeth both play a significant part in this play. To start with the audience can see that the witches are very important as they are the first people on stage during this play. Straight away the audience can immediately clearly see that the witches are evil through each language as "Where shall we three meet again/In thunder, lightning, or in rain?" and "Fair is foul and foul is fair;/Hover through the fog and filthy air." These two quotations give a picture of the witches and that is that they are evil. Pathetic fallacy is used in the stage directions, they say "Thunder and lightning. Enter three witches/" This sets the scene as quit dark and for the witches to start as their devious plan to trick Macbeth. ...read more.


It is his wife, Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth, after being desensitized by the devil spirits seems almost oblivious to the fact that she is planning to kill someone. She thinks of everything and is very confident that the plan will not fail. To make the plan even safer she prays for a dark night, this is equivocation, on one level it means a night with no stars and clouds but in another way she is praying no-one will see them carrying out the murder. One other way that the audience sees Lady Macbeth encouraging Macbeth to still go through with the plan of murdering Duncan is when he is reconsidering. She does this through firstly sexual blackmail by saying "from this time. such I account thy love" by questioning his manhood "When you durst do it, then you were a man;" this would dampen his ego and he would want to counter that. She definitely tricks him with this all the way through the play. After the murder of Duncan when Macbeth returns with the daggers and she sees he is nervous she calms him down and she takes the daggers back to the murder scene so he can calm down. ...read more.


To find out more about his future Macbeth initiates the second meeting with the witches and demands they speak and tell him more. When Macbeth begins to become more confident he pledges to himself not to think about his future plan as this may endanger the outcome. The audience can clearly see this compulsive action when Macbeth decides to kill Macduff and his family and immediately does so. "He has killed me mother" says Macduff's son. Almost all of the Shakespeare tragedies end with somebody dying, usually the main character. This is normally due to a tragic flaw they have developed through the play. E.g. Athello has a very active mind, is very jealous of his wife as she thinks he is having an affair, this eventually drives him to kill her 'lover'. In Macbeth it is his raw ambition, that is what drives him throughout the whole play. Lady Macbeth and the witches are just catalysts which speed up the play. It is not inevitable that Macbeth would have fallen, but it is almost certain he would have because of his tragic flaw, his ambition. All of the reasons that Lady Macbeth and the witches had to do with his downfall are just things that help him on his way. ?? ?? ?? ?? Dominic Wheldrick Page 1 ...read more.

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