Reasons For The Downfall Of Macbeth

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Failure is an inevitable part of life and this shown through the character Macbeth. Throughout the play, Macbeth strives to achieve power without any consideration for the lives of those around him which eventually leads to his failure. Ultimately, the reasons for his downfall were his lack of self-worth, uncontrollable lust for power and his overconfidence. Each of these factors were heavily influenced by characters such as Lady Macbeth and the witches, both of them having negative effects on Macbeth.
One of the main reasons for Macbeth’s downfall was his lack of self-worth. Macbeth is never completely happy with where he is, even when he was made Thane of Cawdor he still searched for more. If Macbeth had been more comfortable in his place of honour, he wouldn’t have felt the need to kill in order to gain more power. Many of Macbeth’s decisions were influenced by Lady Macbeth, who constantly questioned his masculinity and calling him weak. When you durst do it, then you were a man; And to be more than what you were, you would, Be so much more the man
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This is more specifically shown after receiving the prophecies from the apparitions who told him three things. Firstly, an armoured head warns him to beware the Thane of Fife, but the next two prophecies are what truly fuel his overconfident attitude. A bloody child and a child wearing a crown tell him that none of women born can kill him and then, he has nothing to fear until Great Birnam Wood moves to high Dunsinane Hill. Arrogantly, Macbeth replies with Rebellion's head, rise never, till the Wood, Of Birnam rise, and our high-placed Macbeth, Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath, To time and mortal custom. After hearing this, Macbeth begins to rush into everything as he believes no one can harm him, especially the final battle. He was too proud and should have taken more precautions, in the end this is what lead to his

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