Macbeth Essay

1103 WordsMar 8, 20125 Pages
In the text Macbeth, the writer William Shakespeare has shown that Macbeth is responsible for his own downfall by portraying Macbeth as persuasive, forceful and dominant. Although, Macbeth is responsible for his own downfall, there are other factors which contributed in the downfall of Macbeth. The Witches and Lady Macbeth contribute to the downfall of Macbeth greatly during the text. Finally, the recurring motifs of blood, clothing and weather throughout the text are a key factor in the downfall of Macbeth. Shakespeare demonstrates to the reader that Macbeth is partly responsible for his own downfall by illustrating Macbeth is a very powerful, forceful and dominant character. Throughout the text Macbeth has an excessive need for power after the Witches inform him about being the future King of Scotland, but at no point do the witches tell Macbeth to kill anyone in the process of becoming king. Although Macbeth knows killing Duncan is so immoral, he can not hold back the urge to become king, “I have no spur/To prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself,” (1:7) This illustrates that although Macbeth knows it is wrong to kill Duncan, he can not stop himself from doing it because he wants to become the king so much, which shows his need for power throughout the text. Also, Shakespeare presents Macbeth as very forceful, dominant and persuasive during the text, after Macbeth receives the apparitions from the Witches, he orders that murderers must kill the whole MacDuff family, “Seize upon Fife; give to the edge o’ the sword/His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls/That trace him in his line.” (4:2) This demonstrates that Shakespeare presents Macbeth is very forceful, dominant and persuasive throughout the text, as Macbeth makes the murderers kill the family of MacDuff. All of these characteristics which Macbeth posses in his

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