Who Is To Blame Essay

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Who Is To Blame
In the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare there is many people to blame for the downfall of Macbeth. There is an argument that there are more individuals at fault then just Macbeth. Though Macbeth was the one who followed through with all the decisions, it clearly descripts in the play that Lady Macbeth and the witches play major roles that helps lead up to Macbeths downfall. It shows that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have a strong ambition and greed to be king and queen. But, there is a case that all Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the witches all have blame as to what happened.
The protagonist in this play is Macbeth himself. Like many main characters he has a tragic flaw. In his case it is his thrilling ambition to do anything it takes to become king. The reason that he has the ambition to become king is because he wants to be known and respected. Also he wants to be wealthy and to be able to do anything he likes. An exemplar of how he is willing to do anything is when he set up King Duncan to be killed and states,"I go, and it is done; the bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven or to hell. (Macbeth act 2 scene 1). Macbeth is also to blame for his downfall because he is a coward and takes all the advice his wife lady Macbeth and the witches gave him. This is evident when Lady Macbeth tells him that it is a good idea to kill King Duncan, also how the witches tell him that he is safe. But at the end of the day it came down to his decision. a sampling of why Macbeth is at fault is because he kills his best friend Banquo. He has three hit men do the dirty work for him while Banquo was on the way to Macbeth’s banquet
The supporting character in this play was Macbeth’s wife Lady Macbeth. Like many people in the world today Lady Macbeth is filled with greed. She, like her husband both have the ambition to become king and queen. She does terrible things, like persuading Macbeth to do anything she wants him to do, good or bad. An symbol of why Lady Macbeth is to blame is when she says, “If he had been forgotten, it had been as a gap in our great feast, and all-thing unbecoming (Lady Macbeth acts 3 scene 1).” She was the one, to not only persuade Macbeth that killing King Duncan was right, but she was the one who talked him into arranging the murder of Banquo, Another case of why Lady Macbeth can be...

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