Macbeth and His Contribution to His Tragic End
The main character, Macbeth, in Macbeth written by William Shakespeare is the epitome of a tragic hero. At times, he seems a casualty of inevitable fate. Though he is absolutely accountable of arrogance and gluttony, there is a certain amount of doom implied in the witches' prophecies. Along with his seemingly predestination, an amount of free will also contributes to Macbeth’s demise. The witches’ prophecies, his own arrogance, and Lady Macbeth influence him. The witches obscure his thoughts with what he believes should and will happen to his life, and he tries extremely hard to make the prophecies become a reality. His arrogance leads him to believe that he is invincible, which ultimately leaves him ill-prepared for the troops that will be set upon him. The witches drove Macbeth to his own tragic end by weaseling their way into his mind and by essentially “taking over” all of his actions. They did not actually control him, but the mere thought of their prediction pushed him towards his downfall. The witches “hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor” (Shakespeare 17). After they say this, Macbeth becomes confused. He first wonders how they know of him, and then realizes that he is not Thane of Cawdor. This causes him to have an eerie feeling. Then the weird witches give Macbeth another insight – that he will become king. This lets the reader know that Macbeth has fallen into the witches trap. They have successfully gotten into his head and the thought of their calculation will assist him in making bad decisions. Macbeth demands that the witches say from where they “owe this strange intelligence” (Shakespeare 19), but they vanish. Ross comes to tell Macbeth that he is now Thane of Cawdor. Since the former prophecy became a reality, he “knows” that the latter will also turn into a truth. This lets the reader know that Macbeth has fallen into the witches trap. They have successfully gotten into his head and the thought of...
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