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What causes the downfall of MacBeth?
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Macbeth's downfall is attributed to a sense of over-confidence and unchecked ambition, and the impact of the witch's prophecy all three seal Macbeth's fate and his destruction
At the start of the play, Macbeth is a loyal, courageous servant of the King of Scotland, but he is a man who harbors a hidden ambition for power. He is both noble and brave in his defense of the King in battle, he is rewarded for his actions. Macbeth has an encounter with a trio of witches and his life is changed.
Once the witches show him his future, he becomes obsessed with speeding up the anticipated coming into power. He is told he will be King of Scotland, so Macbeth makes it happen by killing the King, which casts a shadow of doubt on his two sons, thereby allowing Macbeth to ascend to the throne.
Once Macbeth seizes power through violence and murder, his life is darkened with the crime of regicide, he has killed a rightful, good and much loved king. His life begins to fall apart after this because he develops a serious case of paranoia over having the crown stolen from him.
He becomes a slash and burn murderer and he loses sight of his humanity, he has no morality governing his actions. He thinks that he will be able to maintain his power through murder and intimidation.
This leads to Macbeth's isolation from everyone, his wife commits suicide and Macbeth is killed by Macduff.
Posted by pmiranda2857 on November 6, 2008 at 6:28 AM (Answer #1)
High School Teacher
Macbeth is typically considered to be a tragic hero, so most would believe his tragic flaw is what causes his downfall. Arguably, this tragic flaw is his blinding ambition or his lust for power. He is so blinded by this that he neglects to make wise (or moral) choices, such as trusting the witches or becoming so steeped in murder that he feels he can never go back.
Posted by eabettencourt on November 5, 2008 at 8:41 PM (Answer #2)
Macbeth's downfall is caused by Macbeth himself. Some could even say that it was fate. Macbeth chose his own path that ended in his own self destruction. It was Macbeth that chose not to listen to the weird sisters and Macbeth who chise to take his wife's advice in murdering Duncan. Macbeth knew the risks he was taking and ended up being the cause of his own demise.
Posted by kierabug2010 on January 3, 2010 at 2:49 AM (Answer #3)
Macbeth's downfall was Lady Macbeth, the 3 Witches and Macbeth himself.
Macbeth caused his downfall due to over-confidence and ambition. When the witches told him his prophecies, he believed it. He becomes obsessed with all the power, Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and King. When he was told he will be King of Scotland, Macbeth knew it meant something will happen in order for him to become king. In page 29, Macbeth says “If change will have me king, why change may crown me.” Macbeth was clearly getting obnoxious and wanting the prophesies to be true. When Macbeth starts becoming violence and murdering all the people he once cared about, his life fell apart. He starts having paranoia because he killed Duncan and his close friend Banquo. He was so fond of power; he was blinded by all the good choices he could’ve made. Macbeth was his own enemy.
Posted by emilyhoang7 on January 11, 2013 at 7:31 AM (Answer #4)
The witches' Prophecy causes Macbeth's downfall.Also the witches were poking fun at him making him believe that even though he committed all those murders he'd be safe until someone not born of woman challened him and until Birnam Wood came to Dunsinane Castle which happens later on in the play.But Macbeth should have listened to the apparition when it said "Beware Macduff." becuase little did Macbeth know Macduff was technically not born of woman.He was born from a sea-section.
Posted by albomamii on November 6, 2008 at 7:28 AM (Answer #5)
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