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Macbeth's Failure

Analyze the reasons of Macbeth's downfall
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on 10 June 2014

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Macbeth's Failure
Why does Macbeth fail?
Failure
- Macbeth fails because he was unable to secure the Throne of Scotland

- Despite becoming king and committing many murders, Macbeth was still dissatisfied with his life.

- He felt guilty and paranoia, which deteriorated his mental health

- Due to his downfall, Macbeth is brutally murdered
Witches
Lady Macbeth
Macbeth Himself- Characteristics
Analyze the reasons of his downfall
REASON #1
REASON #2
REASON #3
How did the witches lead to Macbeth's downfall?
- Gave Macbeth over confidence through prophecies

- Influenced Macbeth's decision in committing crimes

- They know the future, but they trick Macbeth by telling him half the truth
Role of Witches
- Represent darkness, chaos and conflict

- Evil side of Macbeth- influences his decision

- "Plant the evil seed in Macbeth's head"
Prophecies
Lady Macbeth
- Power-hungry, ambitious , and ruthless

- Strong at first, but later becomes insane by guilt. This ultimately leads her to her suicide

- Shakespeare's purpose: shows how female can be cruel too. It does not always have to be physical fighting, but also internally like manipulation
How was Lady Macbeth responsible for Macbeth's downfall?
- Manipulates Macbeth in committing crimes and becoming a murderer

- Pressures Macbeth in becoming king and removing any threats in his path

- Repeatedly questions Macbeth's manhood until he is forced follow her in order to prove himself
Manipulation
Macbeth
How does Macbeth contribute to his own downfall?
- Greedy and too ambitious

- His inaction after the witches' prophecies that seemed unreal

- Committed many murders despite knowing that murder is unethical

- Tyrannical leader
Characteristics
There are 3 reasons for Macbeth's downfall
- At first, he seems very loyal to the king

- As the story progresses, his character changes. From feeling guilty after his first murder, to being carefree after his last few murderers.

- Eventually passes away from a tragic death
In your opinion,
Out of these three reasons, which one is the most significant to Macbeth's downfall?
What is failure?
"an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success"

"deterioration or decay, especially of vigor, strength, etc"
Defined as:
Dictonary. com
"All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!
All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter!"
Act 1. Scene 3. Lines 51- 53.
"Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn
The power of man, for none of woman born
Shall harm Macbeth."
"Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff!
Beware the Thane Fife! Dismiss me. Enough."
Act 4. Scene 1. Lines 90- 92.
Act 4. Scene 1. Lines 81- 82.
"What beast was 't, then,
That made you break this enterprise to me?
When you durst do it, then you were a man;
And to be more than what you were, you would
Be so much more the man."

Act 1. Scene 7. Lines 53- 58.
"If we should fail-
We fail?
And we'll not fail. When Duncan is asleep
(Whereto the rather shall his day's hard journey
Soundly invite him), his two chamberlains"

Act 1. Scene 7. Lines 68- 72.
"We still have judgement here, that we but teach
Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
To plague th' inventor. This even-handed justice
Commends th' ingredience of our poisoned chalice
To our lips. He's here in double trust...
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself"

Act 1. Scene 7. Lines 8- 12, 26-27.
"The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step
On which I must fall down else o'erleap,
For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;
Let not light see my black and deep desires."
Act 1. Scene 4. Lines 55- 58.
Act 4. Scene 1. Lines 108- 113.
"That shall never be.
Who can impress the forest, bid the tree
Unfix his earthbound root? Sweet bodements, good!
Rebellious dead, rise never till the wood
Of Birnam rise, and our high-placed Macbeth
Shall live the lease of nature, pay his breath"
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