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Essay On Macbeth's Downfall

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Macbeth's Downfall In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth the main character has a dramatic rise to kingship but suddenly loses it in his tragic downfall. Characters in works of literature usually have a downfall due to a certain event or trait they possess, in this case Macbeth has too much greed. Early on in the play, three witches give Macbeth a prophecy, this entails that he will become the Thane of Cawdor and then king. They also tell him that he will never be defeated from a man that was born from a women. Throughout the play Macbeth sticks to this and ends up becoming king but in an inhuman manner. Macbeth kills the previous king Duncan to gain his power just like the prophecy, once he has the power it gets used to his advantage. Next, as Macbeth gets too greedy with his belief in the prophecy he feel unstoppable and accepts a fight with Duncan who has a strong army ready to defeat Macbeth who is slowly breaking down. Macbeth's excessive amount of greed is responsible for his downfall because of his hunger for power, abuse with…show more content…
Macbeth was told by the witches that he will become the king even though there already is one in place. When talking about fulfilling the prophecy, Macbeth says “the prince of Cumberland! That is a step/ on which I must fall down or else o’erleap,/ For in my way it lies” (I.iv.55-60). Macbeth means that Malcolm is now the successor to Duncan as king and to take his spot as king, he will need to step over him. Macbeth gets too greedy for power as he is already the Thane of Glamis and now wants more power. He feels like if Malcolm can be killed or removed from kingship, the prince of Cumberland will be handed to him adding to his arrangement of powers. Macbeth shows his greed when explaining how Malcolm is in his way of achieving more power but it is only the first example that shows the cause of his tragic
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