Tyranny in Macbeth

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The only character responsible for the tyranny of Macbeth is the man himself. Discuss.

In the Shakespearian play, Macbeth cannot be solely responsibly for the tyranny that he causes. Macbeths close relationship with lady Macbeth and his own ambitions to become king lead him to many evil actions. This relationship causes many fatalities, which is turn leads to changes in the personality of lady Macbeth and this can be seen, as she has difficulty in coping with the situation that she has put herself in. However, slow reactions by other characters in the play, may have been the cause many unnecessary events to occur. But, theses may not have mattered is it wasn’t for the apparitions given to two characters by the evil sisters, these
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This contradicts to the actions of lady Macbeth after the tyranny that Macbeth causes. The crazy state of Lady Macbeth, which eventually caused her death, could have been non-existent if she hadn’t been the motivation and just as much the driving force behind her husband’s ruthless leadership. On the other hand, there are some characters that are also somewhat responsible for their lack of involvement, or failure to react quickly to the suspicious murder of King Duncan.

These two characters are Banquo and Malcolm; although they are not directly involved in the cruel regime of Macbeth, they could have reacted quicker and they may have stopped many unfortunate events from occurring. Malcolm fleeing the country it fear of his life, takes the eye off Macbeth and immediately makes him a suspect. If he had stayed and put forth his suspicion of Macbeth, he may have stopped Macbeth from ever even becoming king and therefore taking away the likelihood of tyranny in the paly. More importantly, the way in which Banquo dealt with the issue, and his hesitation to reveal the prophecies of ‘weird women’ cause his own fatality. However, Banquo may feel his actions can be justified as he has also received prophecies that he ‘should be the root and father of many kings.’ This all goes back to the evil sisters and their prophecies, which started all of the
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