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Mac Beth Disastrous Attributes Essay

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Character or fate. Which of these two forces (external or internal)led to the downward fall of a great military hero and worthy Thane,Macbeth, turned evil and murderous when led astray by the prophecies ofthree old witches. Some people argue that Macbeth is the victim offate, while others argue that his character decides his downfall. Theargument for fate is strongly led by the actions of others, with LadyMacbeth being the prime influence on Macbeth. While the opposition isled by Macbeth^s troubled conscience, his own internal conflict and hishamartia. It is clearly visible that Macbeth^s own character is atfault for his tragic downfall. It is the opinion of many, that Macbethis a victim of ...view middle of the document...

Macbeth is horrified and says:"Is this a dagger, which I see before me,The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutchthee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still." (Act2, Scene 1: 33-35)This clearly shows the way in which, subconsciously, Macbeth knows hisfuture actions are wrong and not acting on the warning signs of hisconscience in this chilling scene he is haunted twice more by the wrathof his conscience. In the next scene, after the vicious murder ofDuncan, sounds are heard by both Macbeth and his wife that are purelyof their guilty conscience. Finally, in the scene following Banquo^sbrutal murder Macbeth is haunted by a bloody ghost. This bloody ghostof Banquo rises out of Macbeth^s conscience to avenge its death andleave Macbeth uneasy. This is viewed by the outbursts of Macbeth athis feast shouting at the ghost to "never shake thy gory locks" athim. All three views of Macbeth^s guilty conscience show that indeedhis downfall was his the fault of no one but himself, as he did notheed the advice of his conscience early in the play, and consequentlyhis guilty conscience avenges him throughout the following scenes.Secondly, Macbeth^s internal struggle is lost and he spiraleddownward to his eventual death. Throughout the opening of theplay Macbeth is plagued with an internal struggle of whetheror not to kill the King. The internal battle changes sidesmany times before he eventually lets his ambition rule. Inthis passage Macbeth is arguing with himself as to why heshouldn^t kill Duncan:"This even-handed justiceCommends the ingredience of our poison^Òd chaliceTo our own lips. He^Òs here in double trust;First, as I am his kinsman, and his...

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