Macbeth's Downfall and more

By:Ashley Hogan

The Downfall of Macbeth

Throughout the book of Macbeth there are many people to blame for Macbeth’s downfall, but the main people to blame for Macbeth's downfall are the Three Witches. In Macbeth the Three Witches state “ First Witch: All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!

Second Witch: All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!

Third Witch: All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!” (Act 1 Scene 3 Line 56-57). The reason this quote partly shows that the Three Witches are partly to blame for Macbeth’s downfall is that they are putting the idea that he will be king no matter what anyone says. Macbeth is talking to the Witches, and he has to say for himself, “Stay, you imperfect speakers, tell me more! By Sinel’s death I know I am Thane of Glamis, But how of Cawdor? The Thane of Cawdor lives, A prosperous gentleman; and to be King Stands not within the prospect of belief, No more than to be Cawdor. Say from whence you owe this strange intelligence, or why Upon this blasted heath you stop our way With such prophetic greeting. Speak, I charge you.” (Act 1 Scene 3 Line 78-86). This is proving that Macbeth is, otherwise, obsessed with what the Three Witches say, and that he will go to the ends of the earth to hear what the Witches say. Shakespeare shows that Macbeth is now questioning, after everything he has done, what the Witches have said by the Witches for example “ Macbeth: How now, secret, black, and midnight hags? What is’t you do?” ( Act 4 Scene 1 Line 48-49). This quote proves yet again that Macbeth, even though he is questioning what he has done and who the Witches really are, he still believe that what he has done was completely to get to that throne.

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