The Tragic Downfall of Macbeth Essay

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The Tragic Downfall of Macbeth



The Tragic Downfall of Macbeth

In William Shakespeare・s Macbeth, the main character, Macbeth, is a brave and loyal
subject to the King of Scotland, but as the play progresses, his character begins to
change drastically. Evil and unnatural powers, as well as his own desire to become king,
take over his better half and eventually lead to his downfall. Three main factors that
intertwine with one another that contribute to Macbeth・s tragic end are the prophecies
told by the three witches, Lady Macbeth・s influence, and finally, Macbeth・s excessive
ambition which drove his desire to become king.

The prophecy told by the three witches was what triggers the other factors that contribute
to Macbeth・s downfall. In the first act, Macbeth is told by the witches that he is to
become the Thane of Cawdor and soon after, king. This prophecy arouses Macbeth・s
curiosity of how he can become the King of Scotland.


:Stay, you imperfect speakers. Tell me more. By
Sinel・s death I kno I am Thane of Glamis. But how
of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives a prosperous
gentleman, and to be king stands not within the prospect
of belief.;(Act 1. sc.3)

This quote shows how the witches・ prophecy attracts Macbeth. It demonstrated how Macbeth
thirsts for an answer from the witches of how is he to become the Thane of Cawdor and
king. As the play continues, Macbeth slowly relies on the witches・ prophecies. It
becomes a remedy for Macbeth・s curiosity which corrupts his character.

One of the witches・ prophecies becomes true when Macbeth is named the Thane of Cawdor by
King Duncan. At this point, Macbeth seeks advice from his wife, Lady Macbeth. Lady
Macbeth provides a scheme for Macbeth to assassinate the King. She is manipulative and
persuasive in corrupting Macbeth・s judgement.


:What beast was・t then, that you break this enterprise
to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man;
And to be more than what you are, you would be so
much more the manKKhad I sworn as you have done
this.;(Act 1. Sc.7)

In this quote, Lady Macbeth is agitating Macbeth by saying he is not a man if he does not
do what he says he is going to do, which is to murder the king. This angers Macbeth and
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