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According to the classical view the undoing or downfall of the main characters in a tragedy is brought about through a tragic flaw in the character or through a tragic error There are many factors which contribute to the degeneration of Macbeth of which three will be discussed The three points which contribute greatly to Macbeths changes are the prophecy which was told to him by the witches how Lady Macbeth influenced and manipulated Macbeths judgment and finally Macbeths long time ambition which drove his desire to be king Macbeths growing character changes from a noble man to violent individual The prophecies which were told by the witches were one of the factors which contributed to the change of his character If it had not been for the witches telling him that he was to be Thane of Cawdor Thane of Glamis and King of Scotland Macbeth would still be his ordinary self As a result of the prophecies this increased Macbeths curiosity of how he could be King of Scotland The influence of Macbeths wife Lady Macbeth also contributed to his change of character Lady Macbeths character in the beginning reveals that she is a lovable person Lady Macbeth plays an important role in this play because she provided a scheme which caused Macbeth to assassinate King Duncan After Macbeth had killed King Duncan he later regrets on his wrong doing Macbeths first murder was a trying experience for him however after the first murder killing seemed to be the only solution to maintain his reign of the people of Scotland Therefore it was Lady Macbeth who introduced the concept of murder to Macbeth Macbeths
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