Who Was Responsible For Macbeth's Downfall

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In your opinion, how responsible are the witches for Macbeth’s downfall? ‘All hail Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter.’ Act 1 Scene 3 The witches played a crucial part in Macbeth’s downfall; however, I firmly believe that they should not be solely responsible for it. They were the wood, set up and ready for ignition. Lady Macbeth was the kindling, her enthusiasm for her husband to do the wrong thing, caused Macbeth to do what he knew he shouldn’t. And finally, Macbeth’s own ambition was to blame. Blinded by his greed he became an evil monster that could not be controlled. Why should anyone else be held responsible when really Macbeth was the one who should be accountable of his own actions? The witches set up the fire that was soon to become the undoing of Macbeth. They told him a self-fulfilling prophecy and by doing so, his ambition kicked into play. By telling Macbeth his future they made him believe he was invincible, his wife then fueled the rest of his endeavor ensuring his downfall. How responsible are the witches for Macbeths’ mistakes? They did start the ball rolling and when it…show more content…
She threatened Macbeth, ‘live a coward in thine own esteem’ (Act 1 Scene 7), by questioning his manhood and calling him a coward. She seemed to be in control and took leadership over her husband usually dictating his actions. She had him in the palm of her hand. The one time when Macbeth decided to do what was right and stand up to his wife he failed and still went along with her plan. The one time when we knew that Lady Macbeth was still human and still had feelings was towards the end of the play when the guilt drives her mad and she commits suicide. As the inspiration behind Macbeth’s downfall, lady Macbeth deserves a lot of the responsibility for it, as she was the one who forced him to take the first step by killing the king (a heinous

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