Macbeth and His Downfall

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Discuss Macbeth’s Ruin... People and decisions can greatly affect the outcome of a person's life determining whether the outcome will be successful or disastrous. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, there are two factors that contributed to Macbeth's ruin. One of them being more to blame: The influential character of Lady Macbeth displaying temptation towards Macbeth, or Macbeth's own ambitious and insecure nature. There are questions whether Macbeth's downfall might have displayed more for his own blame. In closer examination, it will be come apparent that Macbeth is more to blame for his downfall. By first examining the influential acts of Lady Macbeth that made Macbeth commit the murder to kill Duncan, and contrasting these with the ambitious…show more content…
Her influence is completely self motivated and originated in her own mind. She takes advantage of Macbeth's original motivation, his ambition, and uses that to decide what he must do. Although Lady Macbeth's influential character contributed to Macbeth's ruin, it was Macbeths ambitious and insecure nature that was more to blame for his downfall. After he was named King, Macbeth's misery and eventual downfall is caused by his own insecurities and misguided determination to take control of his future. The first of the two acts which lead to his downfall was the murder of Banquo. The prophecy of the witches reveal that Banquo's children will become kings. This leads to Macbeth's arrangement of Banquo's death, "He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour/ To act in safety. There is none but he/ Whose being I do fear; and under him/ My genius is rebuked, as it is said/ Mark Anthony's was by Caesar." 4 The witches prophecy concerns Banquo's descendants and Macbeth's feeling of inferiority, arranges the murder of Banquo and his son. In one of Macbeth's soliloquy he contemplates on Banquo, stating that he is the only person who he fears. "Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown/And put a barren sceptre in my gripe/ Thence to be wrenched with and unlineal hand/ No son of mine succeeding." 5 Macbeth reveals his paranoia and fear that Banquo may be a threat. Having Banquo around him lays a constant reminder of the evil deed he has
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