A Short Essay About The Fall Of Ma Beth, With Great Citations From The Play.

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In a Shakespearean tragedy the protagonist rises to great heights, but through the choices and actions taken, the character is condemned to a catastrophic fall. This is perfectly illustrated in Macbeth. As Macbeth ascends he gains the Thane of Glamis, the Thane of Cawdor, and the throne of Scotland. From this plateau there is no higher earthly point for Macbeth to fall from.Macbeth's first crucial occurrence as king was the escape of Fleance (Banquo's son) from the murderers. The second murderer even knew this was a loss to Macbeth for he says, "We [the murderers] have lost best half of our affair" (III, iv, 21). This event reinforces the witches' prophesy proclaiming, "Thou [Banquo] shall get kings, though thou be none..."(I, iii, 65). Translated, Macbeth will inevitably die, lose the line of kingship, and lose the chance to be head of dynasty. The end of this conflict begins the start of Macbeth's fall from his high estate.Macduff, the Thane of Fife, was the first to betray Macbeth. Macduff flees to England to seek help from Malcolm, son of Duncan. The noble Macduff fleeing displays Macbeth to be losing his respect as king. Once reaching his destination, Macduff tells Malcolm, the son of Duncan, "Each new moon new widows howl, new orphans cry, new sorrows strike heaven on the face, that it resounds as if it felt with Scotland, and yell'd out like syllable of dolour" (IV, iii, 4-8). During Macbeth's reigns Scotland's cries of suffering were so piercing that even the heavens hear of Scotland's woes. Both Malcolm and Macduff agree that Scotland is under great digress under Macbeth's ruling. Together, they hoped to destroy the tyrant Macbeth and to restore Scotland back to its natural order.Another worthy Thane, Ross, dishonours Macbeth and as well flees to England. He too tells Malcolm of Scotland's conditions: "Alas! poor country; almost afraid to know itself. It cannot be call'd our mother, but our grave; where nothing, but who knows nothing, is once seen to smile..." (IV, iii, 165-167). Ross also asked for Malcolm's aid, "Now is the time of help; your eye in Scotland would create soldiers, make our women fight, to doff their dire distresses" (IV, iii, 186-188). Malcolm agrees to help restore his mother country: "Be't their comfort we are coming thither. Gracious England hath lent us good Siward [the commander of the English army] and then thousand men - an older and a better soldier none that Christendom gives out" (IV, iii, 189-192). Malcolm is set to fight for his country for he says, "Come, go we to the king; our power is ready; our lack is nothing but out leave. Macbeth is ripe for shaking, and the powers above put on their instruments. Receive what cheer you may; the night is long that never finds the day" (IV, iii, 236-240). Instead of receiving honour as a king, Macbeth's royal power is crumbling as his people conspire to do away with him.Macbeth's troubles worsen as he learns that his wife, Lady Macbeth committed the unjust act...

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