Macbeth Shall Die

Macbeth's downfall was brought upon him by many factors. His own ambition made him want more than fate had set out to offer. His own wife encouraged his killing of undeserving friends. The worst of all faults was the witches. These are the people who had the power to change fate and did so. The witches put the first ides in Macbeth's head of being king.

Macbeth lacked ambition when he was just a normal nobleman. As Macbeth slowly edged into the role of power and insanity, he believed he was unbeatable. Macbeth admitted his faults in saying, "I have no spur/To prick the sides of my intent, but only/Vaulting ambition" (Act 1,Scene 7, Lines 25-27). Macbeth began to confuse dreams with reality. When Macbeth became king he felt uneasy about Duncan's murder, but he believed it would be come easier if he killed more people in the same fashion.

Lady Macbeth was perhaps one of the least morally correct people of the play. She pushed Macbeth to kill his own friends in her struggle for power. She would not be apart of the killing herself though. She challenges Macbeth's manhood when he feels guilty or ashamed of his actions. Lady Macbeth explains all the actions to be taken in killing Duncan. She tells Macbeth, "...Look up clear. /To alter favor ever is to fear" (Act 1, Scene 5, Line 72-73). She explained to him, be a friend to his face while we plot to kill him when he turns.

The worst of all enforcements of Macbeth's faults is the witches. Macbeth was happy and content with being a Dane. The three people told Macbeth he would rise to king, in their "equivocations." The build up Macbeth's ego and his strive for ambition. Their twisted truths give Macbeth a false security. As no man born of woman can harm him, Macduff would kill him. "Macduff was from his mother's womb/Untimely ripped" (Act 5, Scene 8, Line 15-16). For Macduff was not truly born to this world of a woman, he could kill Macbeth, and did so.

Three Very important factors come into the account of Macbeth's downfall. He listened to the corruption of those around him and lost the purity of his heart. The witches gave Macbeth false hopes, while Lady Macbeth encouraged his murders. Macbeth gave himself the last fault of ambition. With out the account of the three, Macbeth may have lived a happy and content life as a Dane.