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Macbeth Essay

  • Submitted by: abbymonty
  • on February 3, 2014
  • Category: Shakespeare
  • Length: 755 words

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Macbeth Essay
In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth the main character, Macbeth, experienced a tragic fall. Macbeth’s ambition to be king led to his tragic downfall.   He was told by witches that he would one day be king of Scotland, which gave him the ambition to become king. Macbeth felt that for him to become king he had to kill anyone who stood in his way. All of the murders he committed led to his development of a guilty conscience and caused him to isolate himself. The lords and thanes were upset with Macbeth’s action and they decided to fight Macbeth.   Macbeth’s crimes eventually distorted his judgment, poisoned his imagination, and isolated him from all other human beings.
As Macbeth’s ambitions grew so did the distortion of his judgment. By killings others he felt like he became more powerful. His judgment was distorted by his desire to kill anyone to become king. Macbeth killed the former King, Duncan, and had his good friend and a family killed. Macbeth had his good friend Banquo killed because Banquo’s sons would one day rule and Macbeth’s reign would end. Macbeth said “To crown my thoughts with acts be it thought and done: the castle of Macduff I will surprise , seize upon Fife, give to th’ edge o’ th’ sword his wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line”(4.1. 150-154). In this statement Macbeth explained that he felt he had to end Maduff’s line of inheritance in order for himself to remain king. He lost his morals and values throughout the play. Macbeth was a noble general but his ambition affected his judgment and led him to a tragic downfall.
During this play Macbeth was visited by witches and apparitions. These witches and apparitions told Macbeth different prophecies which influenced his actions. The weird sisters told Macbeth that one day he would be king, when they said “All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter”(1.3. 50-51). This statement was what initially caused...

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