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By Sarah Lane
May 29, 2004, 12:04
Hello my name is Latosha I really need your help on Macbeth. I have read the play but I raelly don't understand the question they asking me to do.
Question: What two happenings reverse Macbeth's belief in his own invincibility?
The question is asking what two things made Macbeth realize that he is human and might possibly lose the battle (battle for the throne, his mind, and the actual physical battle) and even die. During most of the play he thought he was unstoppable or rather, invincible. Invincible means that he cannot be conquered.
After Macbeth completes the murder of Duncan, he is paralyzed with the inability to cope with his actions. He cannot accept what he has done and is filled with tragic guilt, sleeplessness, and haunting images of his own fate. The fight of good versus evil is fierce within him throughout the entire play. He suffers great despair and a complete loss of joy in his life once he realizes the enormity of murdering someone. Other factors might include the tide of the battle tipping against the castle, the fall of the castle without a struggle, the nature of Macduff's birth (cesarian or not born of a woman as the Weird Sisters said), or the wicked truth about the witches' words.
This is a good essay on Macbeths Qualities that will help you out.
Any of the above factors could have contributed to Macbeth's ultimate downfall or as your question states, him realizing that he is no longer invincible. Pick the two things that you think effected him most to answer the question.
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