MacBeth the play is considered a tragedy and every tragedy needs a tragic hero. There are many factors that caused the degeneration of Macbeth. Macbeth is not a villlian in this story he is a tragic hero. The major factor that started the downfall was the prophecy by the witches in Act 1, Scene 3.
The witches were praising Macbeth. The first witch said, "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!" The second witch said, " All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawder!" The third witch said, "All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be King hereafter!" When Macbeth and Banquo are leaving the witches Banquo is told that he won't be King but his son's will be.
In the middle of Act 1 scene 3, Ross tells Macbeth that the Thane of Cawdor is being executed and he will be taking his place. Now Macbeth believes the prophecy told by the witches. He hasn't quite figured out how he will become King. One of the things that could have also contributed to Macbeth's downfall is that he is too vulnerable and he believes everything that he hears. The witches corrupt Macbeth's character and make him power hungry.
In Act 1, Scene 5 Macbeth wrote a letter to Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth has a crazy idea; the King is staying in their castle, giving Macbeth a chance to kill the King and become King. Lady Macbeth corrupts Macbeth even more by putting ideas in his head.
In Act 1 Scene 7, Macbeth thinks about Lady Macbeth plan. This shows that Macbeth is having a person vs. self-conflict. He isn't sure what he should do and he is analyzing if he does this the outcome will be this Also in this soliloquy Macbeth seems to be fighting against his conscience. The end of Act 1 lady Macbeth is asking Macbeth if he had slept and she also said that he looks sickly. Then she compares him to a cat that wants the fish but never wants to get his paws wet. This line is an example of one of the many times that Lady Macbeth challenges her husbands... [continues]
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