Prompt: “Macbeth is totally responsible for his own downfall”
Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’ is about the leading male protagonist succumbing to his ambition and need for power. Though Macbeth is liable for his own actions, he is not solely responsible for the events that eventually result in his downfall. Macbeth is corrupted by his wife, Lady Macbeth, as well as the three weird sisters. Macbeth’s contribution towards his downfall is his strong ambitious nature. Lady Macbeth is the person who induces Macbeth to assassinate King Duncan. The three weird sisters (witches) play with Macbeth’s ambitious nature and sense of security. Macbeth’s downfall is due to himself and two external factors. Due to Macbeth’s ambitious nature, lust for power and wanting to stay in power, he eventually brings upon his own downfall. Macbeth encounters three weird sisters in a heath, and when they begin chanting about Macbeths future status in the hierarchy of England, Macbeth becomes transfixed with their words and immediately requests for more information “stay you imperfect speakers, tell [Macbeth] more”. Macbeth then, with the help of his wife, creates a plan then fulfils the act of murder of the king. Once Macbeth is crowned king, he starts to feel nervous about the presence of Banquo. So Macbeth hires two murders to get rid of Banquo, to do this he convinces them that killing Banquo is the right thing to do because “it was he in times past which held you so under fortune”. Macbeth drives home the fact that he is willing to do anything to stay in power, when he goes back to the witches for more information “I conjure you, by that which you prefer, however you come to know it, answer me”. Macbeth’s ambition to become King of England causes him to eliminate Duncan and his best friend Banquo. Macbeth’s ambitious nature causes him to also mess with the supernatural. These events that Macbeth carried out and entered caused him to bring upon his own downfall. Macbeth’s ambition is not...
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