Macbeth's downfall Essay

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Macbeth coursework
The play ‘Macbeth’ was first performed in 1606. The play was written by William Shakespeare, an English poet, who is widely regarded as the most influential, prominent writer to live. Shakespeare’s work ranges from romances to tragedies to comedies. Being Shakespeare’s shortest play, the tragedy ‘Macbeth’ almost replicated the events and occurrences that were unfolding in Scotland, during the time it was written. In the play Shakespeare tells the story of how Macbeth, the protagonist, worked his way from being a nobleman to being crowned the king. This path ends in Macbeth’s downfall. Macbeth is influenced by people such as the three witches and his wife but his own greed and yearning for supremacy leads to his
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The witches’ prophesies not only define Macbeth’s ambitions but Lady Macbeth’s too. Lady Macbeth’s strong and aggressive character portrays Macbeth’s honour and integrity as weaknesses, saying that he ‘wouldst not play false’ meaning he would do no wrong. Lady Macbeth becomes ruthless in her ambitions. She informs Macbeth that he will have to kill King Duncan to take the title of King of Scotland. Macbeth understands that to become King, he would have to commit treason but continues to debate on the decision. Kings were thought to be God’s representatives on Earth so by murdering a King, Macbeth would be committing a crime against God. Such an assassination, especially one executed by a nobleman, was a shocking thought to people during Shakespeare’s era. During Macbeth’s soliloquy in Act 1 Scene 7, Macbeth mentions that King Duncan is a fair King and that Macbeth should be protecting Duncan, as any host would do and ‘not bear the knife’ himself. Macbeth also comprehends that Duncan’s murder will lead to more bloodshed and ‘return to plague th’inventor’ (Act 1 Scene 7) - resulting in Macbeth himself being murdered. He confesses ‘I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition.’ (Act 1 Scene 7) This indicates that Macbeth there is nothing that is driving him to kill Duncan except his ambitions. Shakespeare adds rhythm to Macbeth’s soliloquy by

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