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How Macbeth was manipulated?

Macbeth was exposed to great lengths of manipulation in the play which leads Macbeth to assassinate King Duncan, particularly from his wife Lady Macbeth. In the first act scene five she expresses to Macbeth " thou wouldst be great, art not without ambition. " After this event happened bit by bit Lady Macbeth slowly wrapped Macbeth around her finger, especially when she declared " when durst do it, then you are a man. " These attacks were strategically, worded, deceitful attacks on Macbeth's manhood that persuaded him to commit a vial, unforgettable, unforgivable act that betrayed himself, his king and his life.

Who is responsible for the downfall of Macbeth?

Macbeth was influenced greatly throughout the play by multiply characters, but Macbeth is also partly responsible as he made his own decisions and choices. Macbeth and Banquo got the same categorised prophecies, although Banquo and Macbeth took completely different paths. The witches inclusion in Macbeth's downfall started when the 3 witches gave the different prophecies to Macbeth " hail thee, thane of Glamis, " "hail thee, thane of Cawdor," "hail thee, king hereafter". This is when Macbeth sent a letter to Lady Macbeth expressing what happened with the witches. She then starts plotting the assassination of King Duncan, but the main step in the quest to murder Duncan was getting Macbeth to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth corrupts Macbeth's mind by attack his self confidence and pride by suggesting " thou wouldst be great, art not without ambition", Although the biggest enemy of Macbeth was himself. He debates weather of not to execute Duncan or not. Tragically Macbeth was pressured to terminate Duncan. Whilst all these in included Macbeth's decision was his, he choice to take a certain path and the consequences resulted in his eventful downfall.

Timeline

1. 1st Prophecy was told- Act 1 scene 3

2. Malcolm crowned prince of Cumberland- Act 1 scene 4

3. Macbeth is named thane of Cawdor- Act 1 scene 5

4. Duncan sleeps over at Macbeth’s castle- Act 1 scene 6

5. Murder of King Duncan- Act 2 scene 2

6. Macbeth is crowned king of Scotland- Act 2 scene 4

7. Banquo is kill- Act 3 scene 1

8. Fleance escapes his exhaustion- Act 3 scene 3

9. Banquo’s ghost at Macbeth’s Dinner party- Act 3 scene 4

10. Macduff’s family is murdered- Act 4 scene 2

11. Macduff and Malcolm build a army against Macbeth- Act 4 scene 3

12. 2nd Prophecy was told- Act 5 scene 1

13. Lady Macbeth kills herself- Act 5 scene 5

14. Macbeth is killed- Act 5 scene 8

15. Malcolm is crowned king of Scotland- Act 5 scene 8

Macbeth changes greatly over the length of the play. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is a respected Thane who had shown great loyalty to King Duncan. Soon after, Macbeth got ambitious and with manipulation from Lady Macbeth and the prophecies he killed Duncan and blamed it on Duncan’s 2 servants (who Macbeth also killed). This then throws Macbeth in to a state of guilt and fear and makes it a lot easier to kill more and more people. By the end of the play Macbeth became a evil tyrant who was rightfully killed by Macduff.

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