The Downfall Of Macbeth


Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is the tragic tale of Macbeth,
a virtuous man, corrupted by power and greed. This tragedy can be classified by
one of two theories. One theory suggests that the tragic hero, Macbeth, is led
down an unescapable road of doom by an outside force; namely the three witches.
The second suggests that there is no supernatural force working against Macbeth,
which therefore makes him responsible for his own actions and inevitable
downfall. Macbeth is indeed responsible for his own actions which are provoked
by Lady Macbeth, the witches, his ambition, and an unwillingness to listen to
his own conscience. These forces had no direct control over his actions ...

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Lady Macbeth he recants and proclaims, "I am settled, and
bend up /Each corporal agent to this terrible feat"(I, vii, 79-80). He allows
himself to be swayed by the woman he loves. Lady Macbeth gave him an ultimatum
and provoked him by saying:

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..... (I, vii, 49-51)

She provokes him by questioning his manhood and then saying that he would be a
much greater man if he were to go through with the deed. Macbeth then had to
make a decision. He willingly chose to follow the path of death and destruction.
Lady Macbeth simply showed him that path.

It is easy to believe that the witches controlled Macbeth and made him
follow a path of doom. The predictions they give, coupled with their unholy ways
suggest that they are in control of him. They are not. It is admittedly strange
that the weird sisters first address Macbeth with,"All hail, Macbeth! Hail to
thee Thane of ...

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