The Demise of Macbeth.

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Macbeth’s Demise.
From the beginning of the play, and in the progression of the plotline, it is clear that the character of Macbeth is in the downward spiral into evil. Macbeth’s evil and inner demons originate from a combination of the prophecy of the three witches, as well as his own lofty ambitions. However, it is the pressure from power hungry Lady Macbeth, and the murder of King Duncan that help transform Macbeth into the ruthless and immoral killer that he becomes. As the play continues he shows less and less remorse and begins committing more serious and sinister crimes, such as the killing of his best friend, and the innocent. By the end of the play, Macbeth is completely consumed by the evil, which subsequently ends his reign as
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After this the great changes in Macbeth as he makes his transition to the ruthless tyrant that he is at the end are more obvious. Shortly after the murder, Macbeth becomes a ruthless king, filled with great paranoia. Now he remembers the other part of the prophecy when the witches tell Banquo, “thou shalt get kings, though thou not be none…”(Act 1, Scene 3, Line 67-68). The new paranoid Macbeth decides that Banquo must be eliminated to preserve his own power and “royal” lineage. “Our fears in Banquo stick deep…to make them Kings, the seeds of Banqou Kings! Rather then though so, come, fate into the list, and champion me to th’utterance! (Act 3, Scene 1, Line 49-72) The difference between the ways he dealt with this incident and the way he dealt with Duncan is that this time his decision is quick, no longer second guessing his decision or showing any signs of guilt, even though now he is killing his best friend. Macbeth does not consult his plans with Lady Macbeth either; whose torment has taken her down the path of insanity, and subsequently suicide. Murder has now become his nature, his empathy engulfed by his evil ambitions. “Oh full of scorpions in my mind dear wife!”(Act 3, Scene 2, Line 36). This is the last time in the play that any remnants of guilt are seen in Macbeth, his guilt presents as another hallucination, this time of Banquo’s bloody ghost. It is this final presence of guilt in this part of the plot

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