The Downfall of Macbeth

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The play Macbeth (1603-1607) by William Shakespeare is a tragedy about the struggle for power, deception, lies, treason, and war, hero to villains, suffering, guilt, and falls from grace. Caught in the middle of this is a well known Scottish general, Macbeth. Macbeth’s downfall is most note worthy as it isn’t a slow fall, from the noble, humble man the reader is introduced to in the beginning, but rather a quick fall to the tyrannical, bloodthirsty man at the end of the play. There are many causes to Macbeth’s downfall, but the most prominent were Macbeth’s character flaws, his predetermined fate, and his equally power hungry wife, Lady Macbeth. At first glance, Macbeth appears to be a noble, humble, and brave man, but as the play progresses, Macbeth’s good character regresses. Macbeth’s character can be compared to Jack Merridew in William Golding’s book Lord of the Flies (1954). As Lord of the flies progresses Jack’s true inner character begins to shine through his skin. The same applies to Macbeth, he begins to show his inner character, an ignorant, fearful, distrustful, and overall unstable man. Easily one of Macbeth’s biggest character flaws is his pure ignorance. As shown countless times in the play Macbeth never seems to think of the possible outcomes of his actions, instead he commits his action on impulse. After Duncan announces Malcolm is to be heir of the throne Macbeth decides to continue on his plan to commit regicide to become king of Scotland. Macbeth says “Stars, hide your fires;/ Let not light see my black and deep desires:” (1.4.57-58). He shows no second thoughts. The action and immediate outcome of killing King Duncan also shows to be ignorant. In Macbeth’s plan to kill Duncan there is no evidence that he had an idea of what to do with Malcolm and Donaldbain. Instead he just appears to ignore them. Macbeth even allowed them to flee the country,
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