Explain Who Is To Blame For Macbeth's Downfall

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who is to blame for the downfall of macbeth? In William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, the protagonist, Macbeth, is portrayed as a tragic hero who suffers a downfall due to his fatal flaw. In Macbeth’s case, his fatal flaw is his “vaulting ambition”. People and ideas can greatly affect the outcome of a person’s life, determining whether the outcome will be successful or disastrous. Decisions and actions can also influence the outcome. In this case, Macbeth is to a large extent responsible for his own downfall. However the fault is not Macbeth’s alone as the text illustrates that the witches and Lady Macbeth were also partly responsible for Macbeth’s downfall. Lady Macbeth encouraged and pushed Macbeth in the direction of his destruction, and the witches’ implanted the idea in Macbeth’s head. Although Lady Macbeth and the witches’ certainly played a role in Macbeth’s downfall, ultimately Macbeth is to blame for his own demise, as it was his own decisions and actions that led to his downfall. The witches play an enormous part in Macbeth’s downfall as they were the first major influence on Macbeth’s actions. The witches’ role in Macbeth’s downfall was essentially planting the seed or…show more content…
He could have chosen to ignore the witches’ prophecy, like Banquo does. He did not have to share his dark desires with his wife either. But once he is bent on becoming king, Macbeth is willing to kill anyone in his way, including women, children, and even his own friends. Macbeth was ultimately responsible for all of his actions, and therefore he must be held to blame for his downfall. Although he was facing pressure from many forces, in the end it was his choice to go ahead with the regicide and his following actions. It was only Macbeth’s “vaulting ambition”, as he described it, that led him to commit this act, and therefore he must be held accountable for

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