Essay on Macbeth's Downfall in William Shakespeare's Play

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Macbeth's Downfall in William Shakespeare's Play

'Macbeth' is an extremely intricate play, full of suspense, guilt, tension, and superstition. It is an old-fashioned play which was written during the reign of King James I, and it portrays some of the events that occurred while he was on the throne. Witches were one of the main supernatural characters that people believed in, as well as the King.

When Shakespeare wrote this play, witchcraft had been seen as important element of black magic and people believed in it, who ever possessed such skill, were able to achieve their goals and at the time it was a considerable issue, Shakespeare used the distinguished characters of the three witches in
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Unsurely and rather reluctantly Macbeth acts on his wife's wishes by stabbing the King in his bedchamber. In the chaotic aftermath of the discovery, Duncan's two sons escape, and in due course Macbeth claims the Throne and becomes the King. However, Macbeth discovers that he is now forced into a stream of violence from which, there is no escape. To ensure Banquo's descendants do not succeed to the throne, Macbeth arranges for Banquo to be murdered- the fortunate sons of Banquo escape from the country. Troubled by Banquo's ghost and obliged to continue in his malicious tyranny, Macbeth's rule and Lady Macbeth's tortured soul adds to the strain. As the English army with Duncan's sons in attendance approach Macbeth's castle, Lady Macbeth commits suicide due to the guilt she was going through, and in the consequent battle, Macduff kills Macbeth.

Firstly, I will like to mention the circumstance and historical believe, which influenced the theme of the play and should bare, to some extent, part of the blame, as the three witches who helped to germinate Macbeth's ambitions. However, this does not in any way cancel out the genuine happening, which may have been-Macbeth killing King Duncan, regardless of the three witches prophesy.

King James I would've been delighted to see this play because it branded 'witches' as being real and also displayed

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