In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth is portrayed as a loyal and brave kinsman who has just won the war for Scotland, but he soon becomes a greedy and rash king by murder and intimidation.
Macbeth is to blame for his own downfall because he believes the witches prophecies, he murdered King Duncan to prove he is a man to his wife, and he murders indiscriminately.Macbeth Is to blame for his own demise because he chooses to believe the three witches prophecies when they state he will be king, “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!(I.iii.51). He even makes becoming king a goal for him to achieve. Furthermore, Macbeth is quick to jump to conclusions. For example when he sends a letter to Lady Macbeth about his supposedly Good Fortune “.
.. these weird sisters/ saluted me, and referred me to the coming on of/time with ‘Hail, king that shalt be!’ This have I/thought good to deliver thee, my dearest partner of/greatness…(I.V.
1-5). If he had been wiser he would not have gotten caught up in the fantasy of becoming King but would have been like Banquo who only chose to conspire. Instead, Macbeth only sees the good fortune in his future but not the bigger picture which led to him to eventually murdering the king. Although the witches are partly responsible for influencing Macbeth’s thoughts and belief(Macbeth’s belief that he will be king) in the end Macbeth chose what he wanted to believe and is responsible for his own actions. To prove Macbeth is a man he ends up murdering Duncan after he gets manipulated by his wife. When He tries to oppose the idea of murdering Duncan to his wife she quickly shuts him down by calling him”..
. a coward…(I.VII.
44). Despite Macbeth being the man and considering the gender roles of the era the play took place in he couldn’t stand up for himself and gave into Lady Macbeth’s plans. When Macbeth Questions his loyalty to the king and decides that it would be a bad idea to murder someone like Duncan who”… borne his faculties so meek, hath been/So clear in his great office…(I.
VII.16-18) he doesn’t take action on that thought. When Macbeth proposes his doubts of the murder Lady Macbeth begins to provoke him and look down on his manhood.
When Macbeth questions Lady Macbeth of what might happen if they fail, she replies “We fail?/But screw your courage to the sticking-place, /and we’ll not fail(I.VII.59-60) which again shows her looking down upon him.All though Macbeth was not the only one involved in King Duncan’s murder, in the end, was the one with blood on his hands. Macbeth ambition gets in the of allowing himself to clearly understand the consequences of his action when he starts to commit rash and brutal murders. For example, he murders Lady Macduff and her children in hopes to intimidate Macduff when he discovers he has plans to overthrow him. Macbeth’s evil character is also shown in his interaction with the murderers because he goes as far as to manipulate the murderers and treats them with no respect.
Undoubtedly Macbeth becomes a king who keeps his subjects in fear which of course lead to no good in his future(leads to his own subjects overthrowing his kingdom). Macbeth even murders Banquo and Fleance as he is paranoid that his sleepless nights after murdering King Duncan will be gone to waste if Banquo’s children become king. When Macbeth comes to the point where he has no morality governing his actions he becomes mentally disturbed and begins to see the ghost of Banquo.