• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Who Is To Blame For The Tragedy Of Macbeth?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Who Is To Blame For The Tragedy Of Macbeth? A tragedy is the story of a noble persons fall from goodness into evil. We watch the life that was once full of promise being thrown away. Macbeth is a tragedy because it is about how Macbeth ruins his reputation through circumstances and his own mistakes and his own ambition. At the beginning of the tragedy, Macbeth has saved Scotland from the Norwegians with his bravery together with Banquo. At that moment in time, Macbeth was probably very confident of his ability. He might have thought of grabbing the throne. So it is interesting to know at this moment of supreme confidence, the witches seek him out. They seem to have chosen their moment well. The witches meet in foul weather; they speak of thunder, lighting, fog and filthy air. This introduces Macbeth as a dark dangerous play, in which the theme of evil is central. The witches and their prophecies are the first major influence on Macbeth's actions. The witches tell Macbeth that he will be thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and the king of Scotland. The witches might be speaking Macbeth' thoughts, although we cannot be sure. Macbeth is keen to hear more good news. He says to the Witches, 'Stay you imperfect speakers. Tell me more.' The witches only tell Macbeth some things to lead him on. Macbeth starts to believe the witches once he is told by Ross and Angus that he is Thane of Cawdor. ...read more.

Middle

In act 1 Scene 4 when Duncan is going to come and visit him he starts to get increasingly evil, at that point he wants to hide his deeds in the blackness of the night, because Macbeth is planning murder. 'Stars hide your fires, Let not light see my black and evil desires, The eye wink at the hand.' After this point Macbeth's speeches become more evil and dark. Darkness and evil seems to overcome goodness and light in this play. Lady Macbeth has convinced Macbeth to murder Duncan. We can blame her influence for Duncan's murder, although Macbeth need not have listened to her. After the murder of Duncan, there is an indication in Macbeth's soliloquy that Macbeth does love the king. He says that Duncan is a perfect ruler and 'That tears shall drown the wind.' with the great sadness of the death of Duncan. Nature will weep for the horror and unnaturalness of this deed. Duncan is staying in Macbeth's castle in a double trust because, he is his kinsman and secondly he is his host. Nature is acting strangely and becoming violent in reaction to Macbeths unnatural deed, 'The night has been unruly: where we lay, Our chimneys were blown down, and, as they say, Lamentings heard I'th'air, strange screams of death' Nature is behaving oddly. It is reacting to Macbeth's unnatural deed of killing a good deed appointed by god. ...read more.

Conclusion

This conforms his suspicion of Macduff who was not at the feast. Killing Macduff's son and wife will not further his career or secure his throne in any way. It was horrific killing innocent people. Macbeth dies bravely. His thanes have all deserted him and Macbeth is described as a 'tyrant' but at least he dies as a brave soldier with his armour on fighting, this was how we saw him at the beginning of the play. Macbeth has ruined his life and his wife has committed suicide, his thanes have all deserted him. He let his ambition overcome his sense of what was right. He let the witches lead him on when Banquo a wiser man closed himself from them. He let Lady Macbeth persuade him to kill a good and virtuous king whom god had appointed. This was therefore against god and highly unnatural. 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 a honourable gentleman who could become anything. This is all shattered when his ambition overrides his sense of morality. Although Macbeth is warned about the evil witches Macbeth is tempted and refuses to listen to the reason from Banquo. Macbeth blames the witches for telling him half the truth, while the witches are not really responsible for his actions, 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. Asma 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Macbeth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Macbeth essays

  1. A classical tragedy tells the story of the downfall of a great man.

    She refers to "Nature". This shows us another upset in nature and nature in turmoil. When her husband arrives alone she asks how long he will be staying. When Macbeth tells her it's just the one night, she suggests that Duncan should be killed while he stays there.

  2. Lady Macbeth is responsible for the tragedy of Macbeth

    like taking the throne, as Macbeth did, even murdering her own child. "Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums And dashed the brains out" This seems to be a shared grief between herself and Macbeth and she knows it will affect him.

  1. Lady Macbeth's Character in Macbeth.

    All of this goes straight into Macbeth�s mind, which is full of ideas for glory and honour (after all he is proclaimed a great warrior). Maybe the dishonour that cowardice would bring is to great a burden for "brave Macbeth".

  2. How is Macbeth persuaded to kill Duncan: Is his wife entirely to blame?

    Lady Macbeth thinks this strategy will work because she describes Macbeth as a man who "wouldst not play false, and yet would wrongly win;" Another theme that arises in this discussion between husband and wife is the notion of two-facedness, and Lady Macbeth gives Macbeth advice on an act he

  1. How is Macbeth persuaded to kill Duncan: Is his wife entirely to blame?

    So what were the kinds of things that Lady Macbeth did, how did she persuade Macbeth to kill the king - or did Macbeth want to kill the king in the first place enough to do the deed himself? The audience have seen that there is a part of Macbeth

  2. English Macbeth coursework-Is the supernatural wholly responsible for the tragedy that occurs or is ...

    By challenging her husbands manhood, she is making him mentally impotent yet in the same way pleading for herself to become an unsexed entity, on an equal power with her husband given his impotent and fragile state, if anything Lady Macbeth is more aggressive in this strange role reversal.

  1. How can blame be apportioned in “Macbeth”?

    Lady Macbeth does not appear in Act IV she is then seen as an isolated, broken and mentally disturbed woman, no longer the "partner in greatness" that was seen earlier in the play. Lady Macbeth seems totally devoted to evil.

  2. To what extent do you believe Lady Macbeth is responsible for the tragedy of ...

    Firstly, she manipulates him. She plays with his ego and challenges his manhood. This is one of the big questions in the play, 'what is being a man?' She has a very unique view on what a man is, and she uses this to great extent in testing what he

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work