What causes Macbeth's downfall in Macbeth?

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Macbeth’s downfall came from allowing others to influence him and his paranoia.

Macbeth was too easily influenced by others.  The witches lead him around like a dog on a leash, and his wife pushes him over the edge.  At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a war hero.  By the end, he is a maniacal tyrant whose paranoia leads him to make enemies left and right.

Macbeth was influenced by the witches from the very beginning.  They knew what buttons to push.  Using his ambition and pliancy against him, they fed him prophecies that he would be great someday soon.

SECOND WITCH: All hail, Macbeth! hail to thee,

Thane of Cawdor!

THIRD WITCH: All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be

King hereafter! (Act 1, Scene 3)

The witches fill Macbeth’s head with delusions of grandeur, and convince him that it is his right to be king.  Using the promotion he was just about to get was a subtle but effective trick.  It made him believe that if he got the first promotion, he would get the...

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