By: Brynn Riegert
The Downfall of Macbeth
Macbeth began to dismiss warnings of his endings as simple tall tales," Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff!" The apparition told him, then when the last apparition told him that he wasn't to die of a man born of a women," Then live, Macduff. What need i fear of thee" (Act 4 scene 1). When these apparitions told him of his fate he aloud the confidence in the last prophecy coming true to gloss over the possibility of Macduff being any threat to him.
Also, Macbeth saw Macduff's attack as something nonthreatening to him," There are ten thousand...soldiers sir" his servant warned him about the attack, logically, fearful," Go prick thy face and over-red thy fear!" Macbeth told the servant in response to his warnings (Act 5 scene 3). He looked upon 10,000 soldiers as no big deal because he was CONFIDENT they couldn't harm him, he never even thought of the fate of the rest of his kingdom.
Finally, Macbeth's confidence affected him the most in his fight with Macduff," But get thee back! my soul is too much charged with the blood of thine already" (Act 5 Scene 8). When the witches told him the he wasn't going to die of a man born of a women he never thought of any such loop-hole that could present itself, such as Macduff's case of a C-section, therefore he just figured he would die of old age or disease. So when Macduff comes to him he refuses to fight because he's CONFIDENT that if he does, he will kill him, and he doesn't want to kill any more Macduffs
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