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How was Macbeth destroyed in Shakespeare's Macbeth?

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rajdarshani | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 10, 2011 at 9:14 AM via web

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How was Macbeth destroyed in Shakespeare's Macbeth?

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arkaless | College Teacher | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 10, 2011 at 7:20 PM (Answer #1)

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Primarily Macbeth was destroyed by his own "vaulting ambition". An exceptionally gifted soldier and an widely admired general of the Scottish king, Duncan, Macbeth had nurtured a secret ambition to become the king. The "supernatural soliciting" of the witches after his exemplary victory in the battles spurred the passion-horse of his ambition. Equipped with the hardened logistic and emotional support of his wife, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth killed Duncan to usurp the throne. but a man both fair and foul, Macbeth was sharply self-divided between his unscrupulous ambition and his moral conscience. Suffering from a sense of insecurity and fear, Macbeth gets Banquo killed, but Banquo's son escapes the killers. Macbeth moves from to fear and betrays his murderous nature at the coronation banquet before all the nobles of Scotland. He unleashes a reign of terror through bloodshed and murder. Macduff's wife and sons are also ruthlessly put to death. At last the retribution overtakes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The latter becomes a victim of somnambulism and kills herself. Macbeth goes down to defeat and death at the hands of Macduff, as Duncan's son, Malcolm, leads an English army to the Dunsinane hill for the ouster of the usurper king of Scotland. Macbeth is thus destroyed as an example of self-damnation, his own "foul" engulfing the "fair" in him.

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