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Macbeth and the Cause of His Downfall Everyone who is mortal has at least one flaw Some are more serious than others The tragedy of Macbeth is no exception to this In this play William Shakespeare illustrates the classical tragic hero pattern a character regarded with the utmost admiration devoted to an evil villain despised by all Like most tragic heroes Macbeth has hidden fatal 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 The first seeds of wickedness are planted in his mind by the tempting prophecies of the witches and his promotion to Thane of Cawdor increases his appetite for furthermore advancement If it had not been for the witches telling him that he was to be the Thane of Glamis Thane of Cawdor and the King of Scotland Macbeth perhaps would have remained decent and content with his life As a result of the prophecies this stimulated Macbeths curiosity of how he could be King of Scotland Macbeths vulnerability to the witches is caused by his corrupt desire which moves him to take a false step He starts to consider slaying the king Macbeth is aware that the deed he contemplates is evil from the very beginning After hearing the prophecies of the witches aside Macbeth declares that Present fears Are less than horrible imaginings My thought whose murder yet is but fantastical Shakes so my single state of man I iii 149-52 This depicts the terror of Macbeths heart when the idea of murder first comes to him If Macbeth was never told that he would
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