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Tragic Fall in Macbeth

  • Date Submitted: 05/27/2012 03:14 PM
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Tragic fall in Macbeth
  There are downfalls all over the world throughout history. Downfall means someone begins with a great position of power and ends up with tragedy. Like Hitler and the Tsars, they were both powerful in the beginning but downfall to a level of no respect. This idea was also explored in one of Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. The play was a famous tragedy about the story of Macbeth’s downfall. He began with a great position and was a brave soldier who was respected by all, but by the end he was hated and was killed without the sympathy of his people. The factors that led to Macbeth’s downfall were the witches, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth himself.
  The witches led Macbeth to his downfall by putting the idea of murder into his head, misleading him, and frightening him. Firstly, by telling Macbeth the prophecies the witches set his tragic fate into motion. They told him that he would be Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and “king hereafter’’ (Shakespeare. 1.3.51-53). Macbeth may never haved thought about being king until the witches told him, and right after this, he said, “my thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical / shakes so my single state of man” (1.3.149-150), which shows he might had been manipulated and started to think about murdering the king which is the first step that led him to his downfall. Moreover, the witches mislead Macbeth and let him feel invincible. They told him two apparitions that made him feel secure:”For none of the woman born/ shall harm Macbeth.” and Macbeth shall never be vanquish’d be until/ great Birnam wood too high Dunsinane hill/ shall come against him’’ (4.1 87-88, 101-103). He was secure about killing people so he lost his conscience and morals. His inability to comprehend the consequences of his murder led to his downfall. Lastly, the witches frightened Macbeth by telling him beware of Macduff and letting him see Banquo with a line of descendants. They were warning him that Macduff is a threat. The witches...


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