Everyone the witches, Macbeth is at fault for
Everyone is hungry for something whether it is love, happiness, wealth, or even power. When that hunger is attained it could drive people to do mad, impulsive things. Macbeth was hungry for power, so hungry that even took it as far as killing the innocent. Shakespeare clearly shows that the witches predicted that Macbeth will become king but they did not anticipate for Macbeth to take become king so soon. Macbeth is to blame for the tragedies that have occurred and for his own tragic downfall. Macbeth destroys himself for being selfish and impatient. He chose to believe the witches and instead of waiting for his time to come he foolishly went ahead to murder King Duncan. Even after he killed King Duncan, he proceeded to kill Banquo, and Macduff’s family on his own. Macbeth did not go with his conscience and knew what Lady Macbeth wanted him to do was wrong, but he still went ahead to murder King Duncan. All of these instances led to the downfall of Macbeth. Although Macbeth is influenced by the witches, Macbeth is at fault for his own downfall. The witches told Macbeth that he will become king but they did not encourage for him to go murder King Duncan. He mindlessly believed the witches without any evidence. He did not ignore their prophecy like Banquo did, instead it floated in his mind. He even has the thought of murdering King Duncan, so he can make sure the witches prophecy comes true “I am Thane of Cawdor: If good, why do I yield to that suggestion / Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,” (1.3.133-136). Banquo even told him not to trust witches because they are never a good sign. That caused the plan to kill King Duncan to arise. Macbeth chose to listen to the witches, instead he could have just waited for his time to come to become king, but he intervened which is part of the reason the tragedy unfolded in Macbeth. Beyond the guilt that Macbeth felt, he continued to murder innocent people which is part of the reason that he is responsible for the tragedies that occur in Macbeth. He wanted to become king so bad that he did not think about the consequences, so he made sure nothing was in his way. Despite Lady Macbeth, putting the thought of murdering King Duncan into Macbeth’s mind, she did not tell him to murder other people. Macbeth murdered Banquo, and Macduff’s family because of his ambition to become king. His mind is filled with thoughts of murder, even though he knew it was wrong, he ignored his conscience. Macbeth thinks Banquo is to wise and could be in his way of becoming king when he says: “To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus- Our fears in Banquo stick deep, And in his royalty of nature reigns that which would be feared. ‘Tis much he dares;” (3.1. 48-51). Banquo was a good friend of his, he turned on Banquo fast, which probably meant he had the thought of murder in his mind. He fulfilled his plan without thinking about the consequences to come. Macbeth is to blame for what happens after killing King Duncan. Macbeth is the reason for his own downfall, but there are a few people who have influenced him, including his wife. Lady Macbeth was the one who encouraged Macbeth to kill Duncan. She pestered Macbeth, saying he was not a man, and called him a coward. That pushed Macbeth to murder King Duncan. Although, Lady Macbeth put the thought of murdering King Duncan into his mind, it’s still Macbeth’s fault. Macbeth allows his wife to control him, and he knew that what she was telling him to do was wrong. Macbeth disagrees with Lady Macbeth when she tells him to murder Duncan saying:We will proceed no further in this business;He hath honored me of late, and I have boughtGolden opinions from all sorts of people,Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,Not cast aside so soon” (1.7. 30-35).Then at the end of chapter 7, Macbeth sets his mind on murdering Duncan saying: “Each corporal agent to this terrible feat. / False face must hide what the false heart doth know” (1.7. 80-82). If he wanted to be manly, he could have stood up for himself and tell her that she was wrong. He didn’t listen to his conscience and that led him to do reckless things. Lady Macbeth wasn’t the one who killed King Duncan, it was Macbeth. Macbeth is responsible for his own actions. All inclusive, Macbeth is responsible for the tragedies that unfold in Macbeth. He chose to believe the witches without any evidence and after Banquo told him not to trust the evil witches. He proceeded to kill Banquo, his best friend and Macduff’s family all on his own because of his ambition to become king. Macbeth knew what Lady Macbeth wanted him to do was wrong, but he did not trust his conscience and murdered Duncan. The witches predicts that Macbeth will be King of Cawdor, but they didn’t predict for him to become a cruel murderer. The misfortunes that have unfolded in Shakespeare’s play, have occured due to Macbeth’s irresponsible actions. Macbeth was impatient, he rushed the process which only led him to destroy himself. He was selfish, and only thought about himself not others. He didn’t listen to himself, he was reckless, which ended with his head on a stick. He was power hungry, he wanted to become king so bad that he didn’t think about the outcome. The only one to blame for the downfall of Macbeth is Macbeth himself.