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Who Was Responsible For Macbeth’s Downfall?

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Sam Stewart 12,09,01 Who Was Responsible For Macbeth's Downfall? The tragedy of Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare. Macbeth reflects Shakespeare's idea of a tragic hero. His idea of a tragic hero is a person who has many qualities but for some reason, there is a flaw or fault in their character. Throughout the play there is a great change in Macbeth's character. In the beginning of the play Macbeth is illustrated as an honourable brave man who fights for his king and country. Sergeant:- "for brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name" He was well respected by his fellow comrades who he considered to be his loyal friends. These friends who once knew the loyal and honourable Macbeth, tend to have an alternate opinion of him by the end of the play. They become his foes and victims of his greed for power. Caithness:- "Some say he's mad: others, that lesser hate him, do call it valiant fury," By the end of the play he is considered a tyrant, a mad man, a butcher due to the ways and means that he used to gain power, and the use of control he used to sustain his position of authority, as King of Scotland. ...read more.

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He kills the guards and says that he did it in a fit of anger and before Macbeth is questioned more thoroughly, Lady Macbeth faints to distract attention away from Macbeth. Macbeth from this point onwards begins to act more independently, he starts to act by himself, for example the murder of Banquo. Macbeth does not consult his wife he just goes ahead and arranges it for himself and disposes of the evidence by killing the murderers. After the murder of Banquo there is a banquet and at this banquet the ghost of Banquo appears. Macbeth goes into a state of panic, he freaks out. Lady Macbeth covers for him, she say's that it is a sort of condition or illness that he has had since he was young. Lady Macbeth :- "he grows worse and worse" In other words she manages to suppress his mouth and gets him to not spill the beans on what they have been up to. She manages to get rid of all the guests as quickly as possible. Lady Macbeth uses several persuasive techniques, she seems to be a very persuasive person who knows how to get her own way. From this point onwards not much else is heard about Lady Macbeth. ...read more.

Conclusion

I believe that Macbeth knew that he had done wrong and I think that he would have wanted to go back and fix things for the better so this things did not happen in this way, but they did and Macbeth was killed. Macbeth is a tragic hero. All the evidence suggests that at the beginning of the play he knows the difference between right and wrong. During the period that he is assessing whether to kill or not, he is wrestling with his conscience. He knows that murdering a king is a mortal sin and that he will go to hell, but Macbeth was an ambitious person and his ambition superseded his conscience. Lady Macbeth and the witches both influenced Macbeth's change in character. You could say that Lady Macbeth was a manipulative evil woman, but she eventually met her match; her own conscience. The witches were evil there is no doubt about that, they played with Scotland and Macbeth and they could be blamed for sowing the seeds of Macbeth's ambition or for giving that nudge that was necessary. I think that if Macbeth was such a hero of a man, then he could have said no, but he didn't. His downfall, was his fault he could still be alive as the Thane of Cawdor, but he chose to listen to the influences on him, and acted upon them; he could have ignored them. ...read more.

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