Macbeth Essay

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The tragic hero Macbeth loses everything he has including his sanity in the classic Shakespeare play Macbeth. The crimes he commits are not Macbeth’s fault because of the other factors that affect his actions. The witches and Lady Macbeth are responsible for the crimes since they influence Macbeth in several ways throughout the play. Macbeth becomes caught up in all the manipulating words and his actions are not his fault. Macbeth is not guilty for the crimes in the play Macbeth. The witches and their prophecies affect Macbeth’s behaviour throughout the play. The Thane of Cawdor prophecy that the witches tell to Macbeth is “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee Thane of Cawdor” (I.iii.52). This has Macbeth think at first that the witches are…show more content…
Lady Macbeth blames herself too after Duncan’s murder and she says “My hands are of your colour” (II.ii.82). This shows she knows that she also has blood on her hands meaning she is guilty like Macbeth. Lady Macbeth was the one to convince Macbeth to kill Duncan and this murder leads to the other murders Macbeth commits to give him security as king. Lady Macbeth’s blind ambition for power for her husband has her say and do anything to convince Macbeth of her plan to kill. Lady Macbeth chooses to go down a dark path to power and she dragged Macbeth with her, which makes her a key character in the crimes and in the entire play. Macbeth starts as a noble thane and ends as a tragic hero because of two influential factors: the witches and Lady Macbeth. Macbeth never planned to murder anyone to become king or have power. After the prophecies were told Macbeth tells Banquo that “if chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me without my stir.” (I.iv.58-59). This proves that Macbeth never wanted to be king under the circumstances that Lady Macbeth would go to to make him king. Macbeth is initially very loyal to Duncan, which changes as the play progresses. Macbeth shows true respect and loyalty to Duncan until Lady Macbeth twists his mind. Macbeth tells Duncan that “the service and the

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