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Factors That Cause Macbeths Downfall In any literary tragedy the protagonist always ends up in a bad situation through a series of unfortunate events In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare the central character Macbeth is a good example of this Macbeth has many forces behind him that lead him into events that eventually cause his downfall The most important forces are supernatural influences Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself To begin one of these factors is the supernatural influence that Macbeth experiences The first supernatural factors are the witches and their prophecies When the witches first speak to Macbeth they say All hail Macbeth hail to thee thane of Glamis hail to thee thane of Cawdor All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter1350-53 After hearing the prophecies Macbeth thinks that This supernatural soliciting Cannot be ill cannot be good if ill Why hath it given me earnest of success Commencing in a truth 13140-143 Macbeth believes the prophecies and they fuel his ambition They cause him to try to fulfill their promises no matter what it takes This disregard for anything except power leads to his death because he has to lose many friends and allies to obtain his goal Similarly the hallucinations Macbeth sees and his insanity are supernatural forces behind Macbeth Immediately before Macbeth kills Duncan he says to himself Is this a dagger which I see before me The handle toward my hand Come let me clutch thee2140-41 After Banquo is killed Macbeth sees Banquos ghost and says Avaunt and quit my sight Let the earth hide thee34113-114 Macbeth is becoming insane and he starts to see hallucinations which lead him to commit evil deeds These evil deeds turn out to cause his death Therefore supernatural influences have a large impact on Macbeth and cause his death by leading him into bad situations In addition to supernatural influences Macbeth is strongly influenced by Lady Macbeth
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