In the media today, you would see many hero like characters experience downfalls. In the novel Macbeth by Shakespeare the main character has elevated status before his horrific downfall. The main character Macbeth, becomes intensely pre occupied with the three witches which lead to his transformation. Macbeth’s continual killing caused him to become morally corrupt and spiral into his own demise. Finally he tragic flaw that consumed his dignity and morales sealed his fate. In one quick night, Macbeth went from a noble man to monster. The cause of his transformation was a combination of inner battles, flaws and irrational decisions.
In the story the three witches play a pivotal role in the development of Macbeth’s character. After he hears of their prophecy he immediately became obsessed with it. His constant obsession of the witches words cause him to his downfall. He says to himself, ” This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill, cannot be good. If ill, why hath it given me earnest of success, commencing in a truth? 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, against the use of nature?(1.3 131-138) “. The idea that he will become king caused him the spiral out of control until he hit rock bottom. Adding on to that the witches manipulated Macbeth and aroused the greed deep inside him to pursue the prophecy. He says ” That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself and falls on th’ other(1.7 25-28) “. His ambition to become king is what is driving him, his greed for the throne was erupted by the witches words and caused him put becoming his only purpose in life. Towards the end of the play Macbeth returns to where he originally met the witches. While there he sees three apparitions and one tells him he can not be killed by any man born of a women. Macbeth takes those.