A Critical Analysis of the Downfall of Macbeth & Lady Macbeth

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Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a tragedy that proves how one man’s uncontrollable hunger for power can hinder his ability to make good decisions, ultimately leading to his downfall. In the beginning, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are highly respected nobles, but over the course of the play they show significant changes in their personalities as they become the most hated people around.
Macbeth started out as a brave soldier who is extremely devoted to his king, and his wife appears to be a kind, loving woman. However, as the play goes on, it is realized that Lady Macbeth is a conniving, deceitful woman who acts as a catalyst in Macbeth’s evil scheme. Though he may have always had the final say when it came to the numerous killings, his wife uses her power to effortlessly persuade her weak husband to make him do whatever she wants him to. At first, her strength inspires him. But as the play goes on, he realizes she has turned him into a power hungry monster who continues in the bloody path she set him on.
The self-destruction of the two all began with the witches’ prophecies saying that Macbeth would become the Thane of Glamis, the Thane of Cawdor, and ultimately become king. Macbeth is not naturally inclined to perform malicious deeds, but he deeply desires power. After speaking with the witches, he could not stop thinking about what they said. He wanted so badly for the prophecies to become true that he let his wife influence him to do what had to be done to make him king, which began his downward spiral.
Macbeth is physically strong and mentally weak, and it is this that is a major factor in the change of his character, whereas Lady Macbeth seems to be quite the opposite of her husband right from the first murder. Lady Macbeth is far more determined than her husband, and using her devious ways is able to convince him into murdering Duncan while assuring him that he will
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