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Who is responsible for the tragedy in William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'?

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Monday 28th June William Shakespeare's: 'Macbeth' Who is responsible for the tragedy in William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'? Macbeth is the extremely tragic story of how a faithful warrior came to a perilous end, dowsed in murder and disloyalty. He faces a sequences of events that one by one lead to the deaths of his Wife, friend Banquo and King. His desire only took form in a prophecy given to him by three withes, but along with his manipulative wife's constant, prolonged suggestions of murder, does Macbeth finally take the actions that lead him to becoming the murderer of his king. He was spurred to his murderous deeds by the admirable desire of becoming crowned King of Scotland. The dictionary quotes that the word tragedy means: 'sad event; dramatic, literary work dealing with serious, sad topic'. Now I feel this word correctly sums up the feeling and mood in this play correctly as the tragedy in Macbeth is Macbeth. As it was is admiration and desire that drove him to kill his king and friend. In my essay I am going to understand and relate to Macbeth's situation, whilst contemplating the evidence of who is responsible of tragedy in this dramatic play. ...read more.


This tells us that Macbeth knows he doesn't have enough ambition to kill just to be the king. This change of heart contradicts the fact that he was the real driving force of Duncan's murder. He was first driven to believing he could become King by the three withes, the third witch quotes, "All hail Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter." The witch here plays on Macbeth's inner feelings and uses them to manipulate him and his current status with the King. I feel the witches realise that Macbeth weaknesses lie in his desires. He is now entwined in the reality that he may be king and this sets of a chain of events that spiral out of control. Shakespeare's decision to include a form of supernatural being was one he knew would arouse the feelings of the audience. He wrote the play in order to please King James I by entertaining his host, King Christian of Denmark. The play is strongly related to witchcraft and demonology. Audiences of its time believed, without a doubt, that witches did exist, unlike today where it is thought to be a myth by most. ...read more.


Macbeth's fierce ambition is present before the witches' prophesies. Everyone is responsible for his or her own destiny, this is the message I feel Shakespeare is telling the reader. This is an essential topic in this tragic play. Although Macbeth did commit his sinful actions the witches and Lady Macbeth are responsible for introducing the ideas to Macbeth that in turn fired up Macbeth's ambition and led to a disastrous and unnecessary chain of events. Macbeth chooses to gamble with his soul and when he does this it is only him who chooses to lose it. He is responsible for anything he does and must take total accountability for his actions. Macbeth is the one who made the final decision to carry out his actions, not the witches, and not Lady Macbeth. We see the fall of Macbeth 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 Macbeth receives begin to show their faults Macbeth blames the witches for deceiving him with half-truths, I feel his decision to do this simply shows how insecure he feels about what he had done and become. 1 Terry Cave 10.8 English Coursework Mr. MacDonald ...read more.

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