Who to Blame with Macbeth's Downfall
Uploaded by vanimastar on Mar 24, 2007
Life is a play. You can choose from right and wrong, but either way the decisions that you make will alter someone else’s future.
Macbeth has a great deal of trouble deciding the difference between honest and dishonest decisions during his rise to power.
Macbeth’s character reaches many questionable decisions that there for lead to his overthrowing. First Macbeth becomes overwhelmed with greed, and would stop at nothing until what he felt was his own. Next he betrays his loyal friends and superiors while trying to reach his goals. Finally Macbeth shows that he is gullible. These three traits are what I think caused Macbeths downfall, not only as king but to end his life.
Macbeth’s first glimpse of greediness flickered after his first conversation with the three witches. The witches spoke about what would happen for him into the near future. This small act awakened Macbeth’s first sighting of greed that he had always possessed whether he knew it or not. Then Macbeth thought he deserved to be crowned king, and nothing would stop him while he tried to reach his goal. That was the first sign of Macbeth losing control of reality. He was a dreamer.
Macbeth also showed much greed after honorably accepting the title Thane of Cawdor, but he was still not satisfied.
Macbeth then plotted to murder his best friend Banquo and his son Fleance just to secure his position to become king. Macbeth’s greed then fogged his mind even more when he planned to kill Macduff’s innocent wife and children. Macbeth’s hunger began to control his life, and forced him to make executive decisions. This obviously expressed his evil ways and was killed because of it.
Disloyalty is Macbeth’s second flaw in his character. Macbeth expresses this when he kills his king and good friend Duncan. Macbeth does not think before he acts anymore.
He felt no fear or remorse after murdering Duncan, his only fear was safety and well being. Though Macbeth did not know this at the time, this murder was only a stepping stone for Macbeth’s future plans. Once Macbeth had finished killing Duncan, Macbeth completely switched personalities. From loyal and honest to a fantasy living traitor. This drove a wedge through many people and Macbeth. Macbeth’s second act of disloyalty was when he killed his best friend Banquo.
Now if I was Macbeth, I sure would think twice about killing one of my very good friends, even...