Macbeth's Downfall Essay

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Macbeth’s Downfall
Shakespeare created a character in Macbeth who is strongly influenced in his decision making throughout the drama of The Tragedy of Macbeth. This drama is a Tragedy, hence the title, and has a hero, in Macbeth, who has a downfall. Readers become aware of the aspects that lead up to this predicament. Macbeth’s downfall was contributed equally from Lady Macbeth, the three weird sisters, and Macbeth’s ambition.
In the beginning of the drama Lady Macbeth dramatically influenced Macbeth. Macbeth would always second guess his decisions. Macbeth seemed inclined to listen to his wife. Throughout the story, Lady Macbeth would find a way to twist Macbeth’s emotion. “When you durst do it, then you were a man; And to be more than what you where, you would be so much more the man” (Shakespeare, Macbeth 1.7 49-51). In this quote Lady Macbeth was insulting Macbeth, she was telling her husband he wasn’t man enough to kill King Duncan. “I have given suck, and know how tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling…dashed its brains out, had I sworn as you have done to this” (Shakespeare, Macbeth 1.7 54-58). Lady Macbeth brings up the baby that they had together. The baby died long before she says this. She explains that she would “smash” its head for him. This became the turning point in Macbeth’s decision to kill Duncan. At first he was hesitant to kill him, but Lady Macbeth angered and then saddened Macbeth. She twisted his emotions and provided the motivation Macbeth needed to kill Duncan. This is the start to Macbeth reign as King.
The three weird sisters “witches” predicted that Macbeth would become the King of Cawdor. “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!”(Shakespeare, Macbeth 1.3 50-51). Macbeth is startled by the witches and they call him the King although Duncan is still alive and in power. Macbeth doesn’t ignore them. He wanted to hear more from them. “…tell me more: by Sinel’s death I know I am Thane of Glamis; but how of Cawdor?” (Shakespeare, Macbeth 1.3 71-73). Macbeth questions them and the witched vanish. This leads to Macbeth questioning why they would call him this. The witches speaking to Macbeth caused his thirst for becoming king. Later in the drama the witches created three apparitions explaining his fate as king and the future of the throne. They told Macbeth to fear Macduff. Also, “Macbeth shall never be vanquished be until Great Birham Wood to high Dunsinane Hill” (Shakespeare, Macbeth 4.1 92-94) They told Macbeth he won’t be defeated until the trees from the forest walk up to the castle. Macbeth feels confident that he will remain king. He knows, from the witches, that a person born from a woman can not kill him and that the forest won’t storm the...

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