Essay about The Tragic Downfall Of Shakespeare 's Macbeth

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The Tragic Downfall of Macbeth
In moments of trouble, one often fails to admit that his or her own actions lead to their life consequences. In Macbeth, a play by William Shakespeare, the character Macbeth – a devoted army general in Scotland, meets three devious witches who prophesize his impending kingship. Macbeth then murders his way to the Throne, releasing havoc in Scotland. Consequently, Macbeth is overthrown and killed because of his own deeds. Ultimately, Macbeth is held responsible for his own demise because he is easily manipulated, desires to obtain all power and is overconfident. It is these qualities of Macbeth that lead him to his own destruction.
Like many people, Macbeth exhibits that trait of being effortlessly manipulated, which in turn leads him to his own murder. When Banquo, and Macbeth stumble upon the wïerd sisters who prophesize Macbeth becoming king, he commands them to speak more. In doing so, it is obvious that he is already influenced to thinking of possible ways to become king. This is confirmed when he says, “Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair / And make my seated hear knock at my ribs / Against the use of nature? Present fears / Are less than horrible imaginings,” (Macbeth 1.3.134-137). As a result of their prophecy, Macbeth is considering assassinating King Duncan for the crown. The idea of becoming king is now appealing to Macbeth. Going back and forth with the idea of murder, Macbeth soon decides he will not kill the king because he is…

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