Who Is Ultimately Responsible for the Tragedy of Macbeth

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Mr. Dietrich
November, 17, 2012

Who is Ultimately Responsible for the Tragedy of Macbeth?

Macbeth was always a loyal man to his King, but when he knew he had the chance to get the kingdom he always wanted, he knew that he had to do everything he could to get it. In this play, Macbeth shows how he was weak, and let people control his actions. His actions and his led to his death, which left the people who changed him ultimately held responsible for his death. The three people that were held responsible for the death of Macbeth were the witches, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth himself. The witches were the characters that started off the twisted events in the story, which led Macbeth to become vulnerable. Macbeth allowed them to get into his head, which caused himself problems throughout the story. The witches gave Macbeth mixed signals which led him to go crazy and do whatever it took to be fearless. Lady Macbeth pushed Macbeth too hard to become more ambitious for the throne, which brainwashed him to turn into a murderer. Lady Macbeth was even scared for Macbeth at a later point of the play, because she knew that he had played too rough to get what he wanted by killing everyone in his way. The most obvious person who was held responsible for Macbeth’s death was himself. Not only was he brainwashed, but he allowed everyone to take advantage of him. He never listened to himself, and never took responsibility for his actions. At the end of the play, he finally understood that he should do what his instinct told him, but at that point of the play, he ended up killing families which led people to be furious with him and want him dead.

They are ultimately three reasons held responsible of the death of Macbeth. Firstly it the tree witches. The three witches took advantage of Macbeth’s ambition for being King, and brainwashed him into changing him for the worst. They gave him prophecies that made him feel unstoppable, but ironically made him fall into his death. The witches started to brainwash Macbeth by getting him excited to be soon to be King. They knew that he had lust and ambition to keep the throne, so they had fun playing games with him. “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!” (1.3.50). This was the first prophecy that Macbeth was interested in. He got the thought of how his life would be of being King, which turned his life around for the worse. An apparition prophecy that the witches gave Macbeth was the apparition of a bloody child that told Macbeth that no man born of a woman can do him harm. That apparition gave Macbeth confidence: “Then live Macduff: what need I fear of thee?” (4.1.78-80). This was ultimately the prophecy that killed Macbeth, because he assumed that no man could kill him. Macbeth was soon surprised to know that Macduff was not born of woman, but born of a C-section, and later killed him in battle. The witches had suckered Macbeth into thinking that the apparitions and prophecies were not as they seemed. Another apparition that the witches gave Macbeth was a crowned child. “Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him” (4.1. 92-94). This apparition was a trick played by the witches on Macbeth. When they gave this apparition, Macbeth got a different idea of what it meant. Macbeth thought that he would never be vanquished until Great Birnam Wood literally came across the castle. This gave Macbeth confidence which made him think that he was unstoppable. They made him into a fearless character which resulted into him being killed, which was a cause that the witches were ultimately responsible for the tragedy of Macbeth.

Secondly. Macbeth chose to go down a path where he could have what he always wanted, which was to be King. What he didn’t realize was how far he had to go to get the throne, and what he had to do to keep it. Macbeth himself is held...
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