Macbeth Essay

Topics: Macbeth, Macbeth of Scotland, Duncan I of Scotland Pages: 4 (1267 words) Published: April 15, 2013
In the Play Macbeth our protagonist Macbeth is driven insane and this results with Macbeth facing a very tragic death. What causes his insanity? there's many factors such as prophecies made by witches, a power hungry wife that drives Macbeth to do things he did not want to do and the final factor to his death was his own decisions.

Towards the beginning of the play we find Macbeth and Banquo walking through the woods, the two find three witches standing upon a heath the witches then look to Macbeth and refer to him as thane of glamis thane of cawdor and future king. This puts Macbeth at a loss for words , they then look at banquo and tell him his sons will be king someday aswell but not him. “All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis/ All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor/ All hail, Macbeth, Thou shalt be king hereafter!” (1.3.50-53). This is the first set of prophecies the witches made and the start to Macbeth’s downfall. What the witches done to Macbeth with these prophecies to make him commence his downfall was they filled his head with these positive flattering things that made him want to go to extreme measures just to become what the witches proclaimed would happen. Proof that this first set of prophecies commenced his downfall is once king Duncan had named malcom to be king apposed to Macbeth, Macbeth then considered the idea that he should murder Duncan to become king. The second set of prophecies given to Macbeth appeared as apparitions by the three witches and each apparition gave Macbeth a different prophecy. The first prophecy is an armed head which tells Macbeth to beware of Macduff “ Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff./Beware the thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough.” (4.1.74-75). The second apparition appeared as a bloody child who tells Macbeth the only person who can harm him is a man not born of a woman. “ Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn/The power of man, for none of woman born/Shall harm Macbeth.”...
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