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Who Is Responsible For Macbeth's Downfall

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Throughout ‘Macbeth’ by Shakespeare, Macbeth commits a crime which he feels sorrow and extremely guilty about afterwards, this so leads to his own downfall. However there were many other factors that influenced Macbeth in the play for him to commit his actions and one of the most influential were Lady Macbeth and the weird sisters. While the question ‘Who is mostly responsible for the tragic ending’ is arguable, Macbeth is at fault terribly as he had the most blood stains on his hands.

Shakespeare portrays Macbeth in Act1 as a viciously savage warrior, whose pride and victory on the battlefield wins him honour from the King. In Act 1 scene 3 the witches plant the idea of killing King Duncan and greet Macbeth as the future King of Scotland, …show more content…

Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth changes from a cold-hearted, greedy, wife into a guilt ridden woman. Lady Macbeth was presented as a powerful and ruthless wife. She knew her Husband quite well and used his hesitations to act on his ambition and question his masculinity and manipulated him into killing King Duncan. “Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way”, shows how she believed that he’s too kind of a human to commit a crime but still changed his mindset. She almost takes control over him, mostly for her own good, to become Queen . During the murder of Duncan, Macbeth seems rather frightened and begins to panic. Lady Macbeth calms him down and tries to tell him “What done is done”, and moves on without remorse. Lady Macbeth not only planned the crime step by step, her challenging Macbeth's manhood also made Macbeth over think the crime. When Lady Macbeth claims: "What beast was't then, that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man." (Act 1, Scene 7) she implies that Macbeth is not a man if he does not follow through with their plan to kill Duncan. This takes an effect on Macbeth's confidence and he tries to prove himself to Lady Macbeth, his

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