How Is Macbeth Responsible For His Own Downfall

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Nevertheless, the encouragements of the witches and Lady Macbeth, Macbeth is entirely accountable for his own downfall. Throughout the Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Macbeth is a tragic hero who abolishes himself by his own wicked and selfish determinations. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is portrayed as a brave, noble hero of Scotland who has fearlessly won the war. As the story progresses, Macbeth soon becomes a tyrant king who is willing to kill anyone who becomes a danger to his kingdom. Although Macbeth is influenced by a number of things, his deep desire and character persuades his ambition. Macbeth is firstly influenced by the three witches who mention the prophecy that he will be king. “All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee, Thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth!…show more content…
Macbeth’s thoughts with his deep desires dismay him and he fails to share them openly so he sends a letter to Lady Macbeth clarifying the situation he is in. When Lady Macbeth receives the letter, she encourages murder as she sees that this is the only chance to accomplish their ambition. Lady Macbeth says, “I have given suck, and know how tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash’d the brains out, Had I sworn as you Have done this” (1.7.59-64). Macbeth allows his wife, Lady Macbeth, to manipulate him by condemning him of not being ‘man’ enough and states that she will kill her own baby for the sake of having their desire fulfilled. Lady Macbeth also uses the power of her words to convince Macbeth to kill the king by also giving Macbeth a boost of confidence. Lady Macbeth declares, “Only look up clear; To alter favour ever is to fear: Leave all the rest to me” (1.5.79-81). Lady Macbeth expresses to Macbeth to raise his eyes, look confident and to alter favour; meaning, a change in the way one looks reveals
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