Shakespeare’s great tragedy, Macbeth, depicts the rise and fall of a king in Scotland. Macbeth was gullible, he abuses his power and becomes insane; all characteristics that lead to his downfall. Macbeth was responsible for the person that he became; he had the choice to be a great ruler or a selfish one. Due to the choices he made, his downfall came swiftly.
Throughout the play, Macbeth allows himself to be manipulated by his wife and the witches. Macbeth contemplated committing treason against Duncan, a man he admired and loved, after receiving a prophecy that he would become kin himself. After a long debate, he decided that if he was to become king, he would allow fate to put him there. This can be seen in Act One, Scene Seven. As Lady Macbeth was trying to convince him to kill Duncan, Macbeth responded:.
“We will proceed no further in this business.
He hath honoured me of late, and I have bought.
Golden opinions from all sorts of people,.
Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,.
Not cast aside so soon” (1.7 33-37).
In the situation, Macbeth told Lady Macbeth that he was content with being the Thane of Cawdor and that he would not risk the new title by killing Duncan. However as the scene progressed, Lady Macbeth succeeded in convincing Macbeth to murder the unsuspecting Duncan. Later in the play, Macbeth revisited the witches to learn about what was in his future. He trusted the witches because their first set of predictions came true and therefore he did not suspect that they would actually deceive him. Due to his gullibility concerning the witches and his wife, Macbeth made many inappropriate decisions which lead to his downfall.
In addition to his gullibility, Macbeth also abused his power. Macbeth murdered his best friend, Banquo, and attempted to murder Banquo’s son, Fleance. Macbeth did this because he had suspicions that Banquo may have suspected that it had been Macbeth that killed Duncan, even though had showed him nothing but loyalty.