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In William Shakespeares Tragedy of Macbeth the tragic hero Macbeth sets himself up for his own demise There is only one main cause of the downfall of Macbeth which was him listening to the witches prophecies and letting them influence him This is what leads Macbeth on the path to his sadistic down fall The outside influence in Macbeths life was too great for Macbeth to over come During the time the witches first met Macbeth they said in their third prophecy All hail Macbeth That shalt be king here after Ii56-57 The only human Macbeth seems to be a pond in the witchs hands Contemplating to either listen to the witches or to listen to his dearest friend Banquo the decision crushes Macbeth mentally as it leads to his insanity The hole Macbeth falls into only gets bigger as he makes the decision to listen to the witches and kill the king As the hour comes near you see Macbeths sanity run away with him saying Is this a dagger which I see before me The handle toward my hand Come let me clutch thee I have thee not and yet I see thee still IIi42-44 When Macbeth imagines a dagger in front of him it shows that hes starting to weaken Macbeth dug a hole too deep to dig his way out The plot only thickens as the story progresses Macbeth is to far into his murders to get out During the time then the tragic hero was speaking to Lady Macbeth he said I am in blood Stepped in so far that should I wade no moreIIIiv171-172 This only states that Macbeth is begging to regret what he has done but still wants to proceed with the killing any ways The witches have uncovered Macbeths true ambitions and now hes waist high in blood and it would be an equal effort to turn around as to see it through The tragic hero
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