To What Extent Is Macbeth Responsible for His Downfall Essay

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To what extent is Macbeth responsible for his downfall. Macbeth, despite the influences of the witches and Lady Macbeth is ultimately responsible for his downfall. In Williams Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, our protagonist Macbeth is a hero who destroys himself by his own evil and selfish ambitions. At the beginning of the play, our protagonist is pictured as an honourable, noble hero who has bravely led victory in battle. As the play continues, with the foreseeing witches and the deceptive lady Macbeth, he quickly turns from a courageous strong hearted man, to a tyrant king who is willing to commit the unthinkable to withhold his royal status. In Macbeth, the prophecies foretold by the three witches about future events enflame our protagonist, driving him to make treacherous decisions that impact severely on his downfall. He is immediately taken in as the witches reveal the royal titles. Eager to unlock the secrets of these prophecies, Macbeth questions the witches, demanding them to speak. "And often to win us to our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths." This quote is spoken by Banquo, it expresses the cunning, foul witches and how they play with the minds of the weak, in this case Macbeth's aspiring consciousness, in order for acts of evil to be committed by telling only half truths. Banquo confronts our protagonist about these 'Instruments of darkness', but in defiance to this warning, our protagonist is consumed by his desire to acquire power, sending this warning into oblivion. This is the beginning of Macbeth's destruction, his vulnerability is unearthed as we start to uncover his own instrument of evil embedded deep within the core of his soul. We start to see that seed of corruption growing, and how he is not so noble after all. We know that there is more to our protagonist, than meets the eye. Lady Macbeth’s remarkable need for
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