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Was Macbeth responsible for his own downfall Eleventh century Scotland was a violent and troubled country Feuding families and clans fought to control trade and territory The castle was the powerbase for each warlord Thane Political murder and revenge killings were commonplace Marauding Vikings and Norsemen raided constantly Macbeth was born in 1005 son of a great family that ruled Moray and Ross Macbeths father was murdered by his own cousins He then married Gruach granddaughter to a high king of Scotland They never had any children and there is no evidence of the influence that Lady Macbeth had over her husband Whilst the play is based loosely on fact Shakespeare altered some of the events so that they fitted the play For example he invented Lady Macbeths sleepwalking and death the banquet scene and Banquos Ghost as well as most of the cauldron scene Shakespeare also changed Duncan from an ineffectual king into an old and revered ruler and he also ignored Macbeths ten years of good rule The first major event in the play is Act 1 Scene 1 where the witches talk about meeting Macbeth on the heath The appearance of the witches early on in the play immediately establishes the influence of the supernatural My quote supporting this statement is below Its when the third witch says There to meet with Macbeth This suggests that the witches knew that Macbeth was taking that route back to Duncans castle and that they would be waiting for him on the way How would the witches know where to meet Macbeth if he hadnt told them unless they were supernatural Secondly the next event in the play is where the sergeant comes into the kings chamber reporting that the rebellion led by MacDonwald has been crushed However Sweno king of Norway has launched an attack which both Macbeth and Banquo are helping to repel King Duncan
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