Downfall of Macbeth

Jaren Jones

The Witches

There are many reasons the witches could be responsible for Macbeth’s downfall. The first reason people should believe the witches are responsible for the downfall of Macbeth is because they prophesied many things to make Macbeth believe he was invincible. In scene 1 act 4 Shakespeare explains a scene where the first witch is prophesying that no man born of a woman will ever harm Macbeth. “...for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth” (Shakespeare 121). This quote would make Macbeth believe he was invincible because most people are born of a woman so he could believe that no man could ever kill him. Another reason people should believe the witches are responsible for Macbeth's downfall is because they tell him he is going to be king. In scene 3 act 1 Shakespeare addresses a meeting with the witches, Banquo, and Macbeth “...Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter’ (Shakespeare 19). This quote is significant because by the witches telling Macbeth that he will be king then it could give Macbeth a motive for killing Duncan. One final reason why people may believe the witches are responsible for the downfall of Macbeth is because by the witches telling Macbeth that he is invisible, that the only way he dies is if the woods of Birnam travel 12 miles, and by telling him he will be king lead Macbeth to kill everything who got in the way of him and what was prophesied by the witches. Eventually whenever Macbeth tries to kill Macduff, because he was woman born and only woman born can kill Macbeth, Macduff ends up killing him which is obviously Macbeth’s most famous downfall. In scene 8 act 5 Shakespeare explains Macbeth's final moments as king and at living “...Macduff with Macbeth’s head” (Shakespeare 183). So now people have 3 reasons why the witches are responsible for the downfall of Macbeth.
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This picture relates to the play Macbeth because Lady Macbeth was very controlling over Macbeth and in this picture the man is very controlling over this woman in the picture.