The Downfall of Macbeth

Macbeth is at Fault for his Own Downfall

Macbeth has a tendency to not actually care about anyone but himself, which causes him to make rash decisions without evaluating the repercussions of his actions. Even though, at the beginning, Macbeth is having second thoughts about murdering Duncan, he understands that he will have do anything to reach his destiny of being king, even if that means killing the one person who believes in him the most.

Macbeth's guilt of considering killing Duncan is making him reevaluate right from wrong. He says, "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself and falls on the other- " (Act 1 Scene 7). Macbeth's conscious is catching up with him, and he hasn't even killed Duncan yet. Macbeth openly admits he may be making a terrible decision, but he also believes that he is capable of killing Duncan without causing any trouble later on because he thinks it's destined for him to be the king. At this point all Macbeth needs is a little reassurance and manipulation to confirm that he should go along with his gut feeling, that killing Duncan is his only chance at becoming King.

At this point in the story, Macbeth is thoroughly convinced that what has to be done so he can live up to the prophecies predictions, is making sure the king is dead. He says, "Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand? come, let me clutch thee!" (Act 2 Scene 1). Macbeth is imagining a knife hanging in the air in front of him, which prompts him to lead himself into Duncan's room, draw his own knife, and kill the king. At this point in the story, the only thing that could prevent Macbeth from making a rash decision is himself. Macbeth has complete confidence in himself, and truly believes that he wont be caught with murder because he is meant to be king soon. This is the reason he continues killing throughout the rest of the story, and refuses to let anything get in his way of the thrown.

Macbeth doesn't think he has to worry about losing to the armies. He has become so drunk with power, that he allowed the witches trick him. He says, "Then fly, false thanes, and mingle with the English epicures. The mind I sway by and the heart I hear shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear" (Act 5 Scene 3). Macbeth believes that he is invincible, and he even mocks the armies coming for believing they could ever defeat him. Macbeth is too self-absorbed to read between the lines, which makes him at fault for his own downfall.

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Guy Montag's quest for life outside the gloomy dark age he lives in, resembles Macbeth's crusade for a a better life where he is king. Both characters represent idealism and hopes for escaping to a better life, which inevitably leads them both to a damaging downfall. Momentarily contemplating the consequences of his act, Montag ignites Beatty and watches him burn. As Montag races away from the lurid scene, he momentarily suffers a wave of remorse but quickly concludes that Beatty maneuvered him into the killing. Similar to how at first Macbeth was guilt ridden after murdering the king, but soon after convinced himself that it was his destiny to be king, and to destroy anything that may stand in the way of that.

Mia Wallace - Pulp Fiction

In Quentin Tarantino's film "Pulp Fiction" Mia Wallace, played by Uma Thurman, has a unique downfall that slightly resembles the downfall of overly confident, Macbeth. Through out the movie, Mia's authority is expanded upon. When coming to pick Mia up for a night out, Vincent (John Travolta) is obviously nervous. While this may be due in part of Mia's high status as wife of Vince's boss, Mia plays her own part in Vince's state. She toys with him when he enters her home, and during dinner, Mia has control over the scene; she is the more important figure and Vincent is subservient to her, doing whatever she requests. Mia is a powerful character in "Pulp Fiction" because she is portrayed as confident, influential, intelligent, and clever. Later in the movie she mistakes heroin for cocaine and overdoses, becoming a helpless figure that needs rescuing do to her own actions
Pulp Fiction - Dance Scene (HQ)