Essay Who Is Responsible For Macbeth's Downfall

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People will only understand what they want to understand and that greed can consume someone, influencing them to do the things they shouldn’t. Macbeth only took actions after hearing the prophecies and influenced by Lady Macbeth. ‘Macbeth’ a complicated tragedy by William Shakespeare was written sometimes in 1605-1606 and was published in 1623. It is a play about a Scottish brave soldier who receives prophecies from three witches about him becoming the ‘king of Scotland’. Motivated by Lady Macbeth, the prophecies and his ambitious thoughts, he murders Duncun and the fear of getting caught makes him commit more and more murders. Macbeth is a victim of both Lady Macbeth and the witches who have a part in Macbeth’s downfall; however, it is Macbeth’s …show more content…
These three witches were the first characters who were introduced to us. They made prophecies and tricked Macbeth which lead him to the actions he took. At first he didn’t believe the prophecies of the witches but since their first prediction come true (Macbeth becoming Thane of Cawdor), he started having faith in the witches foretelling. “...Go pronounce his present death, And with his former title greet Macbeth.” (Act 1, Scene 2, line 73-74) Soon after Duncun orders Ross to give Macbeth the title as ‘Thane of Cawdor’. In act 1, scene 3, the witches tell Macbeth that he is Thane of Glamis, thane of Cawdor and that he will become king later on ‘..shalt be king hereafter!” After hearing this, Macbeth is encouraged by the prophecies and starts craving for the crown. “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none.” (Act 1, Scene 3, Line 69) Here the witches told Banquo that he’ll be a father of kings, even though he won’t be a king himself. This makes Macbeth worried since the witches other two prophecies came true, this might be true either so Macbeth persuades some murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. When Macbeth visits the witches again in Act 4, Scene 1, they trick him into thinking he is secure. They tell Macbeth to beware of Macduff. However they also comfort him by telling him that “...for none of women born Shall harm Macbeth.” They also tell him that no one could defeat Macbeth in a battle until Birnam Wood moves towards Dunsinane. This comforts Macbeth and makes him happy so he doesn’t care about anything else no more. This shows that the witches just planted the plant and Macbeth watered

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