Exploring the Actions of Macbeth that Backfired in Shakespeare's Macbeth

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The dream of becoming king has ironically changed from a bright future to a tragic end due to some of the crucial decisions Macbeth has made during the course of his journey and a number of his actions will backfire on him. The first of his actions that backfired was when he murdered King Duncan which he regrets afterwards. Another action that backfired was the murder of the guards which could've drastically changed the outcome of this entire story since he could've gotten away with King Duncan's murder if he didn't commit it. The third action that backfired on Macbeth was when he ordered the murderers to murder Banquo and Fleance at which they failed to eliminate Fleance.
The murder that he committed was a necessity for Macbeth in order
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The irony in the murder of King Duncan is that Macbeth planned on becoming king in rightful manner by earning the respect and the title by doing good things such as saving Malcolm but instead of getting closer to the throne by saving him, he got even further away from it since he was named prince which forced Macbeth to become king in an unrighteous way. As a result, the only choice that Macbeth had was to kill Duncan.
The second murder that Macbeth has committed was also an essential component in the murder of Duncan. It consisted of Macbeth killing the 2 guards while approaching Duncan because one of them yelled “murder!” in his sleep which woke both of them up so Macbeth decides to kill them to cover his tracks. This action backfires on him because if he didn't kill the guards, he could've gotten away with it and many of the people in his kingdom including Macduff would've still had respect for him and not have suspicions about him which could've potentially changed the whole course of the story. The irony in this murder is that after he killed the guards, he lied about killing them by telling Macduff and Lennox that when he went to Duncan's room and found him dead, he became enraged by the sight of the guards, covered in blood and holding the daggers, and killed them to avenge Duncan's death but Macduff didn't buy his story, exhibits further signs
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