Who Is To Blame For Macbeth's Tragic Downfall?

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Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s tragedies, depicts the treacherous steps that one ambitious man endures to receive the title of kingship. With the company of Banquo, whom the throne will heir to in the future, Macbeth is confronted by three witches who inform him that he will one day be king. Macbeth believes the witches prophecies, therefore deciding that he must rid of all who are of the utmost importance in terms of kingship. Once Macbeth murders various characters such as King Duncan, his two Chamberlains, Banquo, Lady Macbeth, her children, and Siward with the use of chicanery, he continues to dig himself into deeper water. Macbeth exemplifies a plot including a character with a massive amount of greed while during the same time, other Scottish Noblemen attempt to fulfill the prophecy, which is to overthrow Macbeth. Even though Shakespeare’s tragic hero Macbeth commits heinous deeds throughout the entire drama, he is unfairly influenced by several elements within the play. For instance, I blame not only Macbeth, but also the characters of Lady Macbeth, the witches, and the three apparitions for his tragic downfall.
Because Macbeth chooses to take the lives of Banquo’s lineage, many literary critics and readers may disagree with the opinion that he is not solely responsible for the evil occurrences. Macbeth, being unable to realize the threats pointed towards him, paranoid, and believing that others distrust him to think irrationally, leads to the responsibility of other characters’ influences. In my opinion, Lady Macbeth, the three witches, and the three apparitions, all have a negative influence, leading him to murder
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various innocent characters. Murder is factually an illegal and cruel crime, but it is clear that killing is not only just Macbeth’s incentive at this point and even he feels guilty.
I’ll go no more.
I am afraid to think what I have done;
Look on’t again I dare not. (II, ii, 51-53)
Lady Macbeth truly unleashes the evil side of Macbeth when she uses manipulation to ease him into murdering Duncan. From the introduction of the play, Lady Macbeth has shown her pernicious personality, effecting Macbeth’s decisions.
“Some critics maintain that responsibility for the deaths of Duncan and Banquo rests solely with Macbeth”, claimed an anonymous literary critic.
(http://www.enotes.com/macbeth/lady-macbeth-character-analysis)
Truly feeling selfish and desiring to become queen, Lady Macbeth’s soliloquy states, “Yet do I fear thy nature. It is too full o’ the milk of human kindness. To catch the nearest...

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