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The Downfall Of Macbeth In William Shakespeare's Play

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The Downfall of Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Play

During this essay I will be assessing the characteristics of Macbeth
which brought about his downfall and eventually led to his death. It
could be argued that because of his ambition it would inevitably lead
to his fall downfall and ultimately his death but there are other
factors that contributed to it. Within this essay I will address these
points and make clear how they affected him. These characteristics
collectively had helped Macbeth to become the man he was hence steered
him to the direction of his death.

Macbeth has a long list of respectable qualities which had helped him
to become the good man he was before the factor of greed had clouded
his thoughts and consequently made him become the opposite of what he
was. The qualities that Macbeth possessed were many and these were
characteristics including bravery, loyalty, honesty and morality.
However a majority of these virtues had dissolved as soon as he had
been enlightened by the witch who had foretold the future. It could be
argued that what would have been Macbeth's fate if he had or hadn't
listened to the witches, but never the less he captivated himself with
the possible outcome. Therefore he had taken matters into his own
hands and adapted himself to the information from the witches and
reacted to the situation therefore creating his own destiny.

In the beginning of the play Macbeth was given a new heading in act 1
scene 4 and was names the 'Thane of Cawdor' which he had excelled to
from the 'Thane of Glamis'. This title had been given to him because
of his loyalty to King Duncan and because of his great expertise and
skill in the battle field which was highly respected and highly
acclaimed by many of his enthusiast's. Within this scene is clearly
obvious that Duncan the King is highly fond of Macbeth as he does
refer to him as a 'My worthy Cawdor' and this does signify to the
audience that King Duncan does see Macbeth Worthy for that position.
But Macbeth was fully aware that it would take far too long for him to
reach the position of king at the rate he was going so consequently he
took matters into his own hands. Macbeth tried to make the status of
King easier to grasp by performing some tasks that he had believed
would help him to achieve his aim.

He was so self-consumed in the idea of becoming King he took drastic
measures to make sure his plan to become King were certain therefore
he had to make the difficult decision of killing King Duncan. In the
end he had based his decision on his priorities and murdered Duncan.
He had then murdered the guard to conceal his actions and make sure
that his chances of becoming King were not jeopardised but this
ultimately had driven him insane. In this action it is clear that the
quality that he possessed at this...

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