Essay on Macbeth Was Responsible for His Own Downfall

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Macbeth is the driving force behind Macbeth's downfall

Lady Macbeth? The driving force behind Macbeth's downfall? Certainly not. Macbeth was completely and solely responsible for all the acts of great evil which were to lead to his downfall, and to even suggest the blame can be shifted on his wife is ludicrous. From his very first meeting with the witches, Macbeth's mind became instantly plagued with thoughts of murder and treachery. The guilty start that Banquo noticed: "Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear Things that do sound so fair?…"

showed us that the thought of murder was already at the back of his mind. This showed us that Macbeth could not have been as honourable and
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Later on (Act 1 Scene 7) Macbeth started to have some serious doubts about the dreadful deed he was planning. He still very much wanted to be King, but his conscience was getting in the way of his "vaulting ambition". However, his wife managed to reassure him that all will be well, and he weakly submits. Nevertheless, it is absurd to suggest that Lady Macbeth was responsible for Macbeth's decision to kill the King. If Macbeth had not wanted to kill the King, he wouldn't have, regardless of any amount of bullying from his wife. He knows that he really wants to kill Duncan, it was his initial thought when he first encountered the witches. However, he didn't like to think he was capable of such atrocities. It was in Act 2 Scene 1, that Macbeth starts to show signs of acute distress and strain, and is alarmed by the dagger his imagination creates. However, towards the end of the scene, he seems to look back on the horror of the moment with enjoyment, and he even allows himself a moment of grim humour:

"………………….the bell invites me Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven, or to hell."

In Act 2 Scene 2, we see further evidence of the fact that Lady Macbeth is not as strong as she seems on the surface, she needs to drink to give herself courage. She also mentions that she would have done the deed herself, if Duncan hadn't resembled her father
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