Is Macbeth Responcible For His


Was Macbeth responsible for his own downfall?
Eleventh century Scotland was a violent and troubled country. Feuding families and clans fought to control trade and territory. The castle was the powerbase for each warlord (Thane). Political murder and revenge killings were commonplace. Marauding Vikings and Norsemen raided constantly.
Macbeth was born in 1005, son of a great family that ruled Moray and Ross. Macbeths father was murdered by his own cousins. He then married Gruach, granddaughter to a high king of Scotland. They never had any children and there is no evidence of the influence that Lady Macbeth had over her husband.
Whilst the play is based loosely on fact, Shakespeare ...

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establishes the influence of the supernatural. My quote supporting this statement is below. It's when the third witch says.
"There to meet with Macbeth"
This suggests that the witches knew that Macbeth was taking that route back to Duncan’s castle and that they would be waiting for him on the way. How would the witches know where to meet Macbeth if he hadn’t told them unless they were supernatural?
Secondly, the next event in the play is where the sergeant comes into the king’s chamber reporting that the rebellion led by MacDonwald has been crushed. However, Sweno, king of Norway has launched an attack, which both Macbeth and Banquo are helping to repel. King Duncan then pronounces the death sentence over the treacherous Thane of Cawdor and says that Macbeth shall have his title. In this event, we first learn that Macbeth is going to be given more power as the Thane of Cawdor than he ever had when he was Thane of Glamis. The next quote shows Duncan deciding to give ...

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the sympathy of the audience
Macbeth fulfils the first part of this criterion by being greedy and ambitious. These flaws are exploited by the witch's prophecies and his wife’s lust for power. The two groups of people exploit his weaknesses and it results in him killing King Duncan. When killed by Macduff, his death was caused by him being king, which in turn was caused by his ambition and greed.
So, I believe that Macbeth was a tragic hero as he could have been a good king later in his life if, his ambition and greed hadn't been played on by the witches, who first made him think of killing the king through their prophecies.
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