Who Lead To The Downfall In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Bear Grylls once said, “a man’s pride can be his downfall, and he needs to learn when to turn to others for support and guidance.” It’s fine to receive help and support from surrounding people if it will help fix a problem. Although this is true, others around you that are being relied on to support and guide you are actually the people leading to the downfall. Not all times the people that someone might love and trust are helping push them in the right direction. In reality they are really pushing them further and further in the wrong direction towards their own downfall. In the play Macbeth, Shakespeare shows Macbeth’s downfall due the influential people around him and his own over-confidence.
First, the witches contributed to Macbeth’s
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All of Macbeth’s obstacles are the outcome of him planning to kill Duncan and eventually going through with that plan. By murdering Duncan that proved that Macbeth didn’t care about a person that potentially trusted him. Macbeth’s mindset was now focussed on killing to achieve what he wanted and what he was promised. This was evident in his soliloquy, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,/ Shakes so my single state of man that function/ is smothered in surmise, and nothing is,/ But what it is not” (1.3.138-141). In order to become king, his only option was to kill even though that was the worst possible choice. Once people became aware of Duncan’s murder, Macbeth chose to kill the guards that he and his wife had framed. He believed that they would somehow prove that they had not done anything and then go after Macbeth and his wife. He admits, “O, yet I do repent me of my fury/ That I did kill them” (2.3.98-99). After this action was when his friends started to suspect him. Now that they knew he would kill these guards so easily who else would he kill? Or who else has he already killed? This finally led people like Macduff and Malcolm to lead a rebellion against him to stop him from doing even more terrible things. Since he was so fixated on his power and remaining king this resulted in his …show more content…
Throughout the play Lady Macbeth wants to help Macbeth. This may because she cares about Macbeth a great deal or she just wants the benefits of what will result from helping him. When she first hears about what is in the future for Macbeth, she is immediately happy for him and willing to unsex herself to make herself strong enough to do what has to be done. In her soliloquy she mentions, “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be/ What thou art promised; yet do I fear thy nature,/ It is too full o’th’milk of human kindness/ To catch the nearest way” (1.5.13-16). This shows that she is happy for Macbeth and he should get what he was promised by the witches earlier on in the play. Although she fears that she and her husband will not be able to fulfill his prophecy due to the difficult task of killing Duncan. Due to this she will do anything to convince Macbeth to do whatever he needs to do to become king, which pushes him toward his downfall. For instance, reconsiders his decision to murder Duncan. He states “We will proceed no further in this business. / He hath honoured me of late, and I have bought/ Golden opinions from all sorts of people,/ Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,/ Not cast aside so soon” (1.7.31-35). He realized that Duncan was good to him, but then Lady Macbeth accuses him of being a coward, which persuades him to eventually go through with the plan to eliminate

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