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To-morrow and to-morrow and to-morrow Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death Out out brief candle Lifes but a walking shadow Macbeth Act V Scene V Lines 19-24 In one of his most celebrated plays Macbeth William Shakespeare illustrates the classical tragic hero pattern a character regarded with the utmost admiration demoted to an evil villain despised by all Like most tragic heroes Macbeth has hidden flaws which ultimately lead to his fall from grace Influences from other characters play a role in his downfall but the greatest cause comes from his own actions and thoughts Murdering the beloved king caused his future subjects to loose faith in his leadership His delusional suspicion of others isolated him and drove him mad Finally his failure to recognize the warning signs of danger led to his doom As a result of his ruthless quest for power which set in motion the resistance against him the growing paranoia that caused him to make more enemies and his failure to heed the warnings of the danger mounting towards him Macbeth himself is the one responsible for his own tragic downfall Led by his overpowering ambition Macbeth commits the greatest act of treason against his country and when discovered makes the noblemen rethink their loyalty to their king Upon the discovery of Duncans body Macbeth announces that he accidentally killed the attendants who appeared to be the guilty party Responding to this Macduff asks him Wherefore did you so 23108 The first signs of suspicion come from Macduff who distrusts Macbeth after he hastily destroys the evidence at the crime scene This is important because over time Macduffs suspicions grow and provide him with a reason for fleeing to England and forming a rebellion against Macbeth Furthermore after his confession speech at the royal banquet the
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