s DownfallMacbeth: Characteristics of Macbeth That Led to His DownfallRickford FooTomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow…” Sometimes tomorrow never comesand as for Macbeth, tomorrow meant another day of inner torment and guilt. Thisvictorious Thane literally got the better of himself as soon as he started tobelieve in the witches. After the prophesies, Macbeth’s popularity seems totake a turn for the worst as well as his mental state. Even though the witchesdid tempt him with the idea of becoming king, and Lady Macbeth helped him withhis natural hesitation of committing murder, Macbeth chose the crown over ishonor.
Moreover, I believe that Macbeth caused his own downfall. There werepeople like the witches and his wife who influenced him, but it was his choiceto choose over salvation of the next world and material gain of this one.
Ambition is always good…to an extent. An overambitious person, Macbeth is toointrigued by the witches’ prediction that he ignores all of the years of loyaltyand ethics to his king for his own selfishness.
And in the end, apparently,Macbeth’s ambition is stronger than his conscience.
In addition, Macbeth’s ambition caused him to do desperate things.
Desperation. in my opinion, dug Macbeth’s own grave. When the subject ofMacduff arrives, I don’t think that he would have been so bitter towards Macbethif he hadn’t killed his wife and children. Killing Macduff’s family gainsnothing for Macbeth and tries to get at Macduff indirectly. This act ofdesperation and spitefulness gives a good reason to now fear Macduff.
Also, as Macbeth took the throne, he really didn’t trust anyone except hiswife, Lady Macbeth. Paranoid, due to King Duncan’s murder, Macbeth let’s hisdelusional state of mind get to him. Therefore, from his original guilt ofmurder causes Macbeth to become paranoid and kill some more. Killing Macduff’sfamily was definitely an act of desperation. He also plants spies showing againhow paranoid and desperate he was seeing his enemies, real or imagined,everywhere.
Lastly, I thought that Macbeth showed some very important traits that weshould all learn from. We should learn that it is good to be ambitious butbeing overambitiousness could cause us to do desperate things. And while doingthose desperate things, we could possibly become paranoid and then do some moredesperate things. When I say we’, I mean the people of the world.} This is afatal circle that I believe that Macbeth got spun into by the witches and partlyby Lady Macbeth. It was his choice to follow through. No one put a, in thiscase, sword to his head.
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