Macbeth Summative Assignment
The concept responsible for Macbeth’s downfall is his own ambition. He drove himself to kill Duncan and eventually craves control so badly he is willing to take matters into his own hands and keep the crown at any cost. Evidence that shows this in the beginning is, “To know my deed, ‘twere best not know myself ” (Act 2, scene 2). Towards the middle of the play Macbeth states, “Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown And put a barren scepter in my gripe,... No son of mine succeeding, If’t be so, For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind; For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered;... Rather than so, come, Fate, into the list, And champion me to the utterance!” (Act 3, scene 1). And in the end of the play Macbeth shows his ambition and obsession with being king by saying, “I’ll fight, till from my bones my flesh be hacked” (Act 5, scene 3). This evidence proves that Macbeth's ambition was the cause of his downfall throughout the play.
"See, see, our honored hostess! The love that follows us sometimes is our trouble, Which still we thank as love" (Act 1, scene 6). In the play, Macbeth had told his wife of the prophesy told by the Weird Sisters and she convinces him to man up and kill the king. To eventually gain the crown, Macbeth invites Duncan to his castle to celebrate his new promotion; where he plans to murder the king and claim the crown. Lady Macbeth, Macbeth's wife, came up with this idea. As the guests arrive, she greets them with such care and love as if she is an innocent woman. This shows dramatic irony because she is most definitely NOT innocent and caring, as she ends up killing Duncan because Macbeth is having second thoughts.