Man of Greed and Power: The Tragedy of Macbeth

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Ambition for great power leads to the downfall of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. Contributing to the downfall and demise of Macbeth, three sinister witches plan to foil Macbeth through telling him prophecies of his future. But, through the freewill of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth they paved their own road to destruction. Lady Macbeth is a woman who is not mentally strong enough to commit a murder but is mentally capable of persuading someone into committing the crime for her. Macbeth is gullible at first judgment, but soon became a man on a murderous rampage to keep his title as king of Scotland. Starting with murdering King Duncan to Birnam Wood advancing to Dunsinane, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth initiate Macbeth’s downfall.
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She proves that she can be the mastermind behind a plan but cannot do the dirty work herself.
Following King Duncan’s death is the death of Banquo. “Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none” (Shakespeare 1.3.67), says Witches to Banquo, reveals Banquo will not be king, but he will father the future kings of Scotland. Banquo accompanied Macbeth as they both received their prophecies from the witches. Macbeth, knowing Banquo knows the same information, soon plans to murder Banquo during his crowning. In scene one, act three of The Tragedy of Macbeth; Macbeth starts to make his own decisions as to what he should do to keep his title as King of Scotland.
Soon Macbeth succumbs to evil and his inability to recover his lost innocence. He begins to care less about life itself, considering the fact he has already damned himself to hell by murdering King Duncan. Neither Macbeth nor Lady Macbeth can enjoy their time as ruler because of their evil doings. Macbeth soon takes matters into his own hands and goes to the furthest extent to keep his title. He approaches the witches with a demanding attitude commanding them to tell him more of his future. “How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags!/What is’t you do?” (Shakespeare 4.1.47-48), says Macbeth to Witches, symbolizes the shift in Macbeth’s attitude. It shows Macbeth has taken control in the decisions he makes as to approaching the Witches to learn more of his fate, and if possible tries to
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