|The Tragic Downfall of Macbeth
The Tragic Downfall of Macbeth
In William Shakespeare・s Macbeth, the main character, Macbeth, is a brave and loyal subject to the King of Scotland, but as the play progresses, his character begins to change drastically. Evil and unnatural powers, as well as his own desire to become king, take over his better half and eventually lead to his downfall. Three main factors that intertwine with one another that contribute to Macbeth・s tragic end are the prophecies told by the three witches, Lady Macbeth・s influence, and finally, Macbeth・s excessive ambition which drove his desire to become king.
The prophecy told by the three witches was what triggers the other factors that contribute to Macbeth・s downfall. In the first act, Macbeth is told by the witches that he is to become the Thane of Cawdor and soon after, king. This prophecy arouses Macbeth・s curiosity of how he can become the King of Scotland.
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