Responsibility for the Tragic Events in Macbeth by William Shakespeare
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Responsibility for the Tragic Events in Macbeth by William Shakespeare Macbeth is one of Shakespeare four great tragedies. The witches, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth were all responsible for the tragic events that occurred, to some extent. The witches were the ones to start the evil as they drilled the prophecies into Macbeth. His vaulting ambition drove him to perform not only the murder of Duncan but of many others, and Lady Macbeth also had a part in persuading him to do it. She keeps very calm until guilt suddenly strikes and she then commits suicide.
Macbeth is about a successful military leader whom is presented with…show more content…
He revisits the sisters who predict more for the future. They tell him to beware Macduff, to fear no one of women born, he won’t be defeated until Birnam Wood comes to his castle and that Banquo’s sons will be royalty. By giving him these predictions, Macbeth feels uneasy and becomes ruthless in saying he won’t hesitate to murder as he did with Duncan. “Seize upon Fife, give to the edge of the sword. His wife, his babes and all unfortunate souls That trace him in his line.” Therefore the witches were at fault for killings of Macduff’s family and for starting all of the distressing circumstances.
Lady Macbeth’s main faults which led to tragic happenings in Macbeth were those of her powerful and manipulative character which persuaded Macbeth to kill Duncan. She gives him courage, presents him with a plan and tells him how they must act to get away with it. “…look like the innocent flower, But be the serpent under it…Only look up clear, To altar favour ever is to fear.” Lady Macbeth also wanted the spirits to take away her kindness feminine tendencies so she could help with the murder. “…unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top full Of direst cruelty.” She was culpable for making Macbeth feel unmanly which resulted in him proving himself by killing Duncan. Although, she wasn’t the one
Responsibility for the Downfall of Macbeth Essay
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The tragic downfall of Macbeth can be contributed to several key factors. Macbeth’s downfall can be attributed to his blind ambition, the influence of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s own insecurities and misgivings. Blind ambition combined with immoral goals, with Lady Macbeth’s influence and Macbeth’s personal doubts all lead to his inevitable downfall.
The greatest factor to Macbeth’s downfall should be attributed to his blind, uncontrollable ambition. This factor is first seen with the second appearance of the witches, upon which they meet Macbeth. Macbeth’s first thought to the prophecy “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!” (1.3.63) is he must murder the king. This thought provides the groundwork in which Macbeth can seed his…show more content…
Macbeth needed Lady Macbeth to do this, for without her, he would have continued to see the horrible act as something he shouldn’t do. In this regard, Lady Macbeth does this very well, she makes Macbeth see things in a different light, tells him how he is erroneous in his thinking and gets him to think how she wants him to. The following quote shows these domineering and manipulating qualities of hers quite well: “Art thou afeard/To be the same in thine own act and valor/As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that…/And live a coward in thine own esteem,/Letting ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would’/Like the poor cat I’ the adage?” (1.7.43-49) This passage of Lady Macbeth also sums up her thoughts quite nicely: “What beast was’t it then/… made you break this enterprise…/when you durst do it, then you were a man,/…to be more than what you were, you would/Be so much more the man.” (1.7.53-57) Both of these quotations display Lady Macbeth’s thoughts about Macbeth: he is weak, and he must be a man, while she is strong and would do the murder without a thought. These thoughts clearly show how ambitious she is, and how determined she wants to influence Macbeth’s actions.
The third, most contributing factor that leads to Macbeth’s downfall is his own insecurities, including his active imagination and his experiences with the supernatural. Macbeth’s first meeting with the witches, and the