Macbeth Essay

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Responsibility for the Tragedy

     In Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of Macbeth the main character Macbeth is driven from his status as a well respected warrior and lord of not one, but two Scottish regions to a dishonest, unloyal murderer. Macbeth gets caught in a web of lies and vile acts of murder in which he brings about his own demise. His criminal actions lead up to his tragic ending of life. ‘ They have tied me to a stake; I cannot fly, But bearlike I must fight the course.’ His great ambition and gullibility of the witches predictions are two of the biggest factors of his downfall;however, Lady Macbeth was probably the biggest influence in the whole tragedy.
     Early in the tragedy, Macbeth is portrayed as a great leader and hero of many. He was a wonderful soldier who not only for for his country but for his King. During the course of the play though, Macbeth was greatly influenced by the supernatural forces of the witches. ‘ All hail, Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter!’ These witches led him to believe that he could be a King over all of Scotland if he would just do a few dishonest things to get what he wanted. ‘If chance will have me King, why, chance may crown me, without my stir.’ Macbeth was gullible enough to believe the witches and thus led to his very own deception and demise. He brought himself to an even greater status than he began with but only through a gigantic web of lies which could not be untangled. He then felt lost and alone with nobody left to turn to. ‘ Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.’
     However Macbeth was not the only influence in this great tragedy. Lady Macbeth played a large role as Macbeth’s seductress and brainwasher. Lady Macbeth persuaded her husband to kill the King not so that he would himself be King but so that she could be Queen.Although because of her involvement in this web of lies she felt guilty and drove herself insane worrying about what had happened and what would happen to her and her husband for being so dishonest. She was not responsible for the tragedy, she was only a manipulative factor in the scheme of things. Even though it does take two to tango, Macbeth tangoed on his own.
     After the death of Duncan Macbeth begins to...

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