Macbeths Faults

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The Rise and Fall of Alexander the Great Macbeth

One of Shakespeare’s most hailed plays, Macbeth, is a narrative that centers on a gentleman that goes by the name of Macbeth and his story of going from a normal man to King in only a short amount of time. He achieves this through sheer self-indulgence, as he could have remained a noble, but elected to destroy everyone in his path to becoming King. Macbeth loves becoming King, but is constantly craving more and more control, with the play eventually ending in his much-anticipated demise. However, what occurs with Macbeth in the way of his homicidal and immoral actions is not exclusively his liability, as the culpability is also Lady Macbeth’s as well. To begin with, Macbeth is blameworthy, to a certain extent; one cannot dispute that fact. Macbeth evidently does desire countless things and by that, he is extraordinarily greedy. His greed is seen throughout the book, especially towards the end of the book, as when he says, “Hide your fires! / Let not light see my black and deep desires!” (I.IV.58) Macbeth is a king that rules with an iron fist of sorts; he greatly desires supremacy and authority, which, in due course, lead to his death. His ever-growing yearning for power is also seen in the seemingly senseless killings of Duncan (and his guards), Banquo, and Macduff’s children and wife. These impulsive deaths, however, are the fault of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, and cannot be blamed on fate or the Witches. The Witches merely make suggestions about Macbeth 's road to kingship; they did not make spells that would make all of their predictions true. These interpretations led, but did not force, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth to kill Duncan and secure his title of “Thane of Cawdor”. Later on, Macbeth chooses to kill Banquo; this again was not the fault of the witches. Thus, the witches cannot be blamed.
However, in his life preceding his attempts at becoming King, Macbeth was quite unlike this fiend that he had

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