How Does Shakespeare Contribute To The Downfall Of Macbeth

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Tacitus, a Roman senator and historian, once stated “Those in supreme power always hate their next heir”. By stating this, it connects to the play Macbeth because it also demonstrates how People who are in power like Macbeth will hate the heir to the throne because they want to become the king to accomplish their desires for power.At the beginning of the play a wounded captain is telling the king about the wonders of Macbeth on the battlefield, which gains him the lord or thane of cawdor and glamis. Over the course of the play, Macbeth is plagued by his power lust, which changes him from Thane to the king which then leads to his downfall. While the play sets into motion the readers have a clear understanding that Macbeth is a righteous…show more content…
Amongst the mist of the fighting Macduff is finding Macbeth, who murdered his family.When he eventually finds him, they both engage in a duel.In which Macduff tells Macbeth that he is not born of woman which is stated “Despair thy charm, And let the angel whom thou still hast served Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother 's womb Untimely ripped” (V.VIII.13-16). Macbeth who heard of this reluctant news is shocked, but tries to keep his guard on, he responds back by stating“Accursèd be that tongue that tells me so,For it hath cowed my better part of man!”(V.VIII.17,18).Subsequently Macbeth does not believe every word that Macduff has told him because Macbeth believes that it is a trap to get him to lose his courage in the duel and lose.Which would result in Macbeth’s death for which he believed that he would be invisible in a way or another.To conclude Macbeth’s lust for power was what got him killed, this all could have been avoided if he would have discussed it more with his trusted friend

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