Effects Of Betrayal In Macbeth

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In literature, the actions that characters commit have serious effects. Shakespeare’s play Macbeth displays acts of killing and betrayal. Macbeth’s obsession with power and fear of death leads him to commit actions that neither he nor his mind can control. What he does cannot be the effect of one person but that of what many people have contributed to. These actions sprout from the seeds of others, seeds that others plant, seeds that manipulate his mind into taking drastic measures. These people drive Macbeth into a scary world. A world filled with death and insanity. It is apparent that the three witches, Lady Macbeth, and Macbeth are the source of all of Macbeth’s actions. The three witches are the roots of Macbeth’s lust for power and his fear of death. In the beginning they cause Macbeth to believe he will obtain power. They proclaim “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter! […] Lesser than Macbeth and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier. Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none. So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!”(Act 1, Scene 3, lines 50-51...66-70) His hearing this causes him to go insane and to do whatever it takes to take and keep the throne. He murders King Duncan in…show more content…
The witches’ prophesies create Macbeth’s lust for power. They steer his mind on a path. This is a path that he would have inevitably followed but did not have the courage to do so. Then Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to commit the murder of King Duncan. This murder leads to the death of many people that may not have died if Macbeth did not kill Duncan. Finally the events that occur cause Macbeth to go insane. This was with the help of the witches and his wife. All of these are reasons why Macbeth does what he does. With out each part, every event would play out differently. They all help in the creation of the plant that is Macbeth’s

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