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Macbeth's Downfall In William Shakespeare's Play

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Macbeth's Downfall in William Shakespeare's Play

'Macbeth' is an extremely intricate play, full of suspense, guilt,
tension, and superstition. It is an old-fashioned play which was
written during the reign of King James I, and it portrays some of the
events that occurred while he was on the throne. Witches were one of
the main supernatural characters that people believed in, as well as
the King.

When Shakespeare wrote this play, witchcraft had been seen as
important element of black magic and people believed in it, who ever
possessed such skill, were able to achieve their goals and at the time
it was a considerable issue, Shakespeare used the distinguished
characters of the three witches in presenting this theme. Without a
doubt the three witches have a demoralizing effect on Macbeth.

Macbeth tells a story of a man (Macbeth), who is a man of aspiration
and forceful nature with drastic action. As the play opens, Macbeth is
seen as the defender of Scotland against the triple alliance of the
King of Norway, the rebel Macdonwald from the secret rebel, the Thane
of Condor Macbeth meets three witches who foretell a great future for
the general- that he will be Thane of Cawdor, and then the King.
Macbeth's colleague, Banquo, witnesses the happening, though it
happens to be, the witches prophesy that he will be the ancestor of
all kings. When Macbeth is reunited with his wife (Lady Macbeth), she
manages to over power Macbeth with the witches prophecies.

Macbeth's ambitions became more focused and desegregate when King
Duncan grants Macbeth discarded Cawdor's land and title, and he sees
and has a taste fulfilment of the witches' prophesies. Lady Macbeth
too sees the puzzle taking shape, and persuades her husband that the
only way forward is to kill King Duncan as he sleeps. Unsurely and
rather reluctantly Macbeth acts on his wife's wishes by stabbing the
King in his bedchamber. In the chaotic aftermath of the discovery,
Duncan's two sons escape, and in due course Macbeth claims the Throne
and becomes the King. However, Macbeth discovers that he is now forced
into a stream of violence from which, there is no escape. To ensure
Banquo's descendants do not succeed to the throne, Macbeth arranges
for Banquo to be murdered- the fortunate sons of Banquo escape from
the country. Troubled by Banquo's ghost and obliged to continue in his
malicious tyranny, Macbeth's rule and Lady Macbeth's tortured soul
adds to the strain. As the English army with Duncan's sons in
attendance approach Macbeth's castle, Lady Macbeth commits suicide due
to the guilt she was going through, and in the consequent battle,
Macduff kills Macbeth.

Firstly, I will like to mention the circumstance and historical
believe, which influenced the theme of the play and should bare, to
some extent, part of the blame, as...

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