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Factors That Contribute To The Downfall Of Macbeth

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With every character, real or imaginary, there are both strengths and flaws that somehow coexist despite constantly being at odds. In the play, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, we saw an overwhelming proof of the protagonist's, Macbeth’s, strengths at the beginning of the play with the most prominent being his ambition. However, as the story unfolded and gradually grew darker, the purpose behind his ambition slowly evolved from one of reasonable desire into one of caustic greed. In the end, it is this very greed that ended up being his hamartia, inciting murder and blinding his judgements before ultimately leading him to his downfall.
Although there were multiple factors that contributed to Macbeth’s many crimes leading up to his downfall, the ultimate reason that had pushed him to commit murder was his own, inherent greed. After witnessing one of the witches prophecies come true in front of his very eyes, Macbeth had immediately taken it upon himself to rid of the only obstacle between him and the last prophecy, Duncan. While it is true that his own, rather devilish wife, had some part in planting the murderous intent into Macbeth’s head, it is revealed later that her words had minimal effect as proved when Macbeth stated, “I have no spur/To prick the sides of my intent, but
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Completely unmindful of the fact that the messengers of his prophecies were literal embodiments of evil, Macbeth had followed blindly, causing him to make a number of bad decisions including murdering countless innocent people without a justified cause. His ambition was one of his most important character traits and one that had first allowed him to rise respectfully to power. However, he failed to listen to his morality and thus, his greatest asset also became the root cause of his complete and utter
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