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Pointing the finger at Macbeth In 1606 a British author by the name of William Shakespeare wrote the play Macbeth as a tribute to the king Shakespeare wrote many kinds of literature but he is infamous for his tragedies A tragedy is defined as a play dealing with tragic events and usually includes the down fall of the protagonist or the leading person in a play The protagonist in the play Macbeth is Macbeth himself The theme of Shakespeares play Macbeth is ambition greed and murder Macbeth through various slaughters and plots of revenge proves that he is the cause of his own collapse At first our impression of Macbeth is one of a courageous and capable warrior who is greatly respected and admired by the King and his subjects This is all true until Macbeth visits the Weird Sisters who prophesize his rise to kingship Also Lady Macbeth influences Macbeth to go after the kingship as well Macbeth is trapped between his head and his heart After much thought Macbeth decides he wants the kingship with all he has This sends Macbeth into a murderous and downward spiral Through the deaths of King Duncan and his loyal guards Banquo and Macduffs family Macbeth proves that he and only he is responsible for his own downfall Duncan the King of Scotland has a great amount of Macbeth as a warrior and as a friend Otherwise Duncan would not have made Macbeth the Thane of Cawdor after the original thane commits treason and is killed This is a problem because the witches predict his reign as Thane of Cawdor and so Macbeth reconsiders everything that the witches predict Macbeths eventual reign as king With a little convincing by his wife Lady Macbeth Macbeth comes to the realization that he must destroy the king so he can become king himself Although there is heavy pushing for Macbeth to execute Duncan by Lady Macbeth Macbeth actually
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