Downfall

Downfall; A loss of power, prosperity, or status. Both Macbeth and hank are responsible for their own downfall as they repeatedly made choices that ignored their conscience and moral compass. This continuously caused them to murder and betray for their own selfish ambitions and to maintain their level of power which eventually lead them to their own demises. The context of both plays determines varied reasons of pursuing a form of power- Macbeths is political ambition and hanks is money. Macbeth is a tragic hero who destroys himself and the people around him by his own wicked and selfish ambitions, as does hank. Hank becomes corrupt on his pursuit for wealth and power. Both Macbeth and a simple plan demonstrates that the dishonourable pursuit of power, wealth and superiority eventually leads to self-demise.

Macbeth is responsible for his own demise due to the fact that every wrongful decision he made was ultimately his choice despite the prophesies from the witches and the constant coercion from his wife. Lady Macbeth states ” 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.” this quote shows lady Macbeth manipulating Macbeth by speaking of his masculinity and gaining control over him as he follows her orders, however, he eventually gives over to her appeal and his own desire for power and takes fate into his own hands regardless of his righteous beliefs when he states “I am settled, and bend up
Each corporal agent to this terrible feat.” Demonstrating that the decision is ultimately his to make despite the pressure and threats put on him by his wife. The witches never attempted to persuade Macbeth into doing anything, instead when they disappear he searches and calls for them ” stay you imperfect speakers, tell me more”, implicating that he wants to find out more. Macbeths own ambitions and desires are constantly present in his mind, however are pushed forward by the influence of the witches and lady Macbeth, leading him to act with full knowledge of the consequences of his actions. During the hallucination of the dagger, Macbeth states, “O art thou a dagger of the mind, a false creation proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain”, saying this, Macbeth recognises that the insanity that is occurring within his mind is enhanced by the audience not seeing the dagger, proving that it is merely the decline of mental stability that causes him to see the dagger. Therefore, implying that although the witches do enhance the supernatural pressure, it truly is Macbeth’s leaping ambition that draws him closer to murder.

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