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Macbeth Essay

  • Submitted by: jj_209
  • on December 3, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 627 words

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Macbeth’s Downfall

Macbeth is at complete fault that lead to his downfall.   Instead of waiting to see if the prophecies and apparitions came true, Macbeth decided to take fate into his own hands, and paid with his life.   Although the witch’s prophecies and apparitions were quite startling, he could have waited to see if they were telling the truth or not; how far can you really trust a witch?
One prophecy told Macbeth that he would be thane of Cawdor.   He did not interfere with that prophecy.   Not only did it come true, it gave Macbeth more power.   The original thane of Cawdor suddenly just passed away and Macbeth was made his replacement.   If that happened naturally, without a problem, then why didn’t Macbeth have more faith in the other prophecies and other apparitions?
Macbeths’ second and third prophecies explained that he would become king of Scotland, but Banquos’ kids, Malcolm and Donalbain, would carry out the bloodline of kings.   All of this news confused and enraged Macbeth.   He didn’t understand how he would become king, considering Scotland all ready had a king, King Duncan.   And Macbeth also didn’t understand why Banquos’ kids would carry out the bloodline of kings.   Instead of letting the prophecies come to life, Macbeth takes on fate.   First, with the help of his sweet demon of a wife Lady Macbeth, Macbeth stabs and kills King Duncan in his sleep.   Paranoid and scared, Macbeth slowly begins to breakdown.   Next, to keep Banquos’ kids from becoming king, he plans to ride with Banquo and his son Malcolm to assassinate them both.   Macbeth ends up killing his friend Banquo but his sons Malcolm and Donalbain escape to England.   At his banquet, Macbeth appears to have gone crazy.   He sees Banquos’ ghost and acts out in front of the whole Royal Court.
Finally, Macbeth is shown three apparitions. These cryptic messages lead Macbeth to attempt to resist the inevitable.   They also use serious loophole to get around telling the complete truth and...

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