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Who is Responsible of the Tragedy of Macbeth? [Student Table]

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Who is to blame for the tragedy of Macbeth?
Character
Macbeth
Consider: Macbeth is
originally seen as good
man, but his corrupted by
his ambition the Witches’
prophecy. Ultimately he
abandons reason and
emotion, becoming a man
who acts on pure impulse,
motivated by his
insecurities.
Is responsible
because…
1. Macbeth’s actions
are motivated by
ambition and
selfishness.
Evidence
1. M- “I have no spur to
prick the sides of my
intent, but only vaulting
ambition which
o’erleaps itself.”
Is a victim because…
Evidence
Character
Lady Macbeth
Consider: Lady Macbeth is
originally motivated to help
her husband in any way she
can, but the extreme
lengths she will go to make
her ruthless and coldhearted. She has little input
in plans after Duncan’s
death, and is eventually
driven insane by her grief,
remorse and depression.
The Witches
Consider: The Witches
originally inspire Macbeth’s
ambition, but they do not
force him to act. Similarly,
their later prophecies fool
Macbeth into a false sense
of security. They seem to
indicate things are fated to
happen, yet events unfold
because of other
characters’ choices.
Is responsible…
Evidence
Is a victim…
1. Lady Macbeth plays
little part in events after
Duncan’s death.
Evidence
1. LM – “What’s to be
done?”
M- “Be innocent in
knowledge, dearest
chuck, till thou applaud
the deed.”
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