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Who is most to blame for macbeths downfall

Who Is Most To Blame For Macbeth's Downfall?

I have chosen to write my essay about the cause of Macbeth's downfall.

I believe Macbeth had an immense build up of hatred inside him waiting to

be released. I will discuss the possible factors that could have placed

the final straw on the camel's back and lead to the releasing of brave

soldier Macbeth's bloodthirst, and why he committed the acts he did.

The first suspects are the witches. After all it was their voices

that implanted the thoughts into Macbeth's head that he would be king.

When Macbeth heard this, he figured that no matter what he did he would

become the king. After hearing King Duncan's desire to have Malcom carry

on the throne, Macbeth quickly lost faith that he could achieve the throne

without doing anything, so he took it upon himself to make things happen.

After killing Duncan he feared Banquo for his knowledge of the witches

prophecies and had him killed as well. Macbeth seemed to be losing himself

after Duncan's death due to his obsession with the witches prophecies, so

in turn, the witches could be partly responsible for Macbeth's downfall.

Lady Macbeth can also be held accountable for Macbeth's decline of

sanity and power. Although it didn't take much, her persuasion lead to the

killing of Duncan. She wanted Macbeth to take the rank of king as much as

he did. Pressure from his spouse added on to all the other pressures from

the prophecies, also helped tempt Macbeth to murder. Not only did her

doings contribute to Macbeth's turmoil, but it also lead herself to become


The character most guilty of Macbeth's physical downfall would have to

be Macduff. He was the one that actually removed Macbeth's head from his

spine. Also when Macduff left, Macbeth became more ensnarled by his anger

and responded by prooving himself a cold hearted savage when he had

Macduff's innocent wife and children slaughtered.

Out of all the external elements that affected Macbeth's downward

spiral, I believe Macbeth himself was the most to blame. It was his weak

conscience that was so easily molded. He always had a choice as to what he

would do, and more often then not he chose the wrong path. In the end it

all caught up to him, and it was only then that he realized that the

witches had gotten the best of him. His greed and his selfishness was

easily worked on by the witches until he forgot he needed to stop and think

for himself. In my opinion, Macbeth's soul was already bad, and it was

only helped to escape by the other contributors. I think too much violence

through Macbeth's live desensitized him to the value of human life, (similar

to modern day prime time television) and Macbeth's downfall was the price

he was destined to pay.

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