MacBeth - Disastrous Attributes
Character or fate. Which of these two forces (external or internal)
led to the downward fall of a great military hero and worthy Thane,
Macbeth, turned evil and murderous when led astray by the prophecies of
three old witches. Some people argue that Macbeth is the victim of
fate, while others argue that his character decides his downfall. The
argument for fate is strongly led by the actions of others, with Lady
Macbeth being the prime influence on Macbeth. While the opposition is
led by Macbeth^s troubled conscience, his own internal conflict and his
hamartia. It is clearly visible that Macbeth^s own character is at
fault for his tragic downfall. It is the opinion of many, that Macbeth
is a victim of fate. These critics state that Macbeth is heavily
influenced by his overpowering wife, Lady Macbeth. Macbeth decides that
he cannot kill Duncan as he is his "kinsman, and his subject"(Act
1,Scene 7: 13) yet Lady Macbeth taunts him saying:
"I have given suck, and know
How tender ^Ñtis to love the babe that milks me :
I would, while it was smiling in my face
Have pluck^Òd my nipple from his bone less gums,
And dash^Òd the brains out, had I so sworn
As you have done to this" (Act 1, Scene 7: 54-59)
This graphic view of the extent to which Lady Macbeth would go to keep
a promise would have been more accepted in our society than in that of
Shakespeare. In the days of Shakespeare, women had no business
arguing with their husbands and even less often was their argument or
threat taken into consideration. Men were the "be-all" and "end-all"
and this speech made by Lady Macbeth would have been of little
persuasion. The Macbeth of Shakespeare was a military man, strong in
his views and opinions and was definitely a victim of his own
character. Conversely, Macbeth was warned of his assuming downfall by
his weary conscience. On three occasions his conscience wearied him.
Firstly, with the vision of the dagger before the murder of King
Duncan. Macbeth is horrified and says:
"Is this a dagger, which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch
thee. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still." (Act
2, Scene 1: 33-35)
This clearly shows the way in which, subconsciously, Macbeth knows his
future actions are wrong and not acting on the warning signs of his
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