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Who was to blame for the tragedyof Macbeth?

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Who was to blame for the tragedy of Macbeth? Many people could be blamed for the tragedy of Macbeth, such as: The witches/weird sisters, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, Macduff, Malcolm and Donaldbain. Ultimately, though, the person most responsible for the tragedy of Macbeth is Macbeth himself. Banquo was not as much at blame as some of the others because he just suspected Macbeth was gaining by dishonourable means, Thou hast it now, King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weird women promis'd, and I fear Thou played'st most foully for't. (Banquo, Act III, Scene 1) Despite his suspicions, he did nothing. Instead of leaving Scotland he stayed and obeyed Macbeth's orders and did not do much to stop Macbeth gaining control of the country, although he should have realised that he was in danger of being killed. ...read more.


He hath honoured me of late, and I have bought Golden opinions from all sorts of people...(Macbeth, Act I, Scene 7) Macbeth is becoming scared and is trying to back out of the entire business. They talk a little more and soon Lady Macbeth shames him into doing it. 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...I have given suck and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipples from his boneless gums And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn As you have done to this. ...read more.


(Macbeth, Act I Scene 3) Macduff is partly to blame as, even though he did fight and kill Macbeth he did not act quickly enough and as a result of this his wife and son were killed. The King's sons are also partially to blame as they fled Scotland and if they stayed Macbeth would have had a harder job ascending the throne as the King's sons would be next in line to the throne. If they had stayed it would be doubtful if Macbeth would have succeeded in his quest for power. ...I'll to England. (Malcolm) To Ireland I. Our separated fortune Shall keep us both the safer...(Donaldbain, Act II, Scene 3) Although without the others' assistance notably that of the witches' prophecies, the tragedy may have never happened. Macbeth himself was the one most at blame. ...read more.

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