Who Is to Be Blame for Macbeth's Downfall?

Topics: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macbeth of Scotland Pages: 2 (866 words) Published: November 11, 2012
Macbeth is a famous tragic play written by William Shakespeare, a well-known English poet and an Elizabethan playwright, in the 1500’s. Macbeth tells about the downfall of a war hero who chose an evil path to achieve his ambition. Therefore, Macbeth is responsible for his own downfall. Although some may argue that he was influenced by the witches and his wife, Lady Macbeth, however it is his choice to act upon those suggestions, which he eventually did. So, Macbeth is totally responsible for his own downfall. Throughout the play, the witches have played a very significant role of influencing Macbeth to think and act evilly. Initially, Macbeth was a good man, a good soldier who is fiercely loyal to King Duncan and to his country, Scotland. In fact, he is a valiant warrior against who fought courageously against the Norwegian forces, where he was praised as “brave”, “noble” and a “peerless kinsman”. But the witches, through prophecy, plant a seed in his mind that appeal to Macbeth’s superstitions and ambition to be king, “All hail Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis… Thane of Cawdor… that shalt be king hereafter”. These prophecies then provoked evil thoughts inside Macbeth’s mind. After Macbeth was told by Ross that Duncan had praised him with the title “Thane of Cawdor”, visions of murdering Duncan began to appear in his mind, “my thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smothered in surmise, and nothing is, but what is not”. Other horror thoughts includes, “this is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap, for in my way it lies”. After Duncan announced that his son, “Prince of Cumberland”, will succeed him to throne, Macbeth realizes that he either have to get rid of Malcolm or give up in his ambition. The witches don’t tell Macbeth what to do; but it was Macbeth himself who thinks of murder. The three witches’ intention is only to disrupt the natural order and through Macbeth, this is...
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