Macbeth: A Man Of Poor Decisions

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Macbeth: A Man of Poor Decisions Macbeth’s poor decision making eventually drives him mad. As a result of his paranoia, misconduct and deceitful prophecies from the three witches, one can see that he begins to lose his sanity. As his Macbeth’s first prophecy comes true, it fuels his desire to hope that the second one comes true as well. He starts to have bad thoughts about cruel ways of becoming King but later realizes that if it is meant to happen, it will. Macbeth says, “If chance will have me king, why chance may crown me/Without my stir.” (1.3.143).This is significant because Macbeth still has a sense of right and wrong. These bad thoughts eventually come back when King Duncan states that Malcolm will be the next king. Scared that his second prophecy would not come true, fear leads him to make rash decisions. As Lady Macbeth pressures Macbeth to kill King Duncan, paranoia takes over Macbeth. When people find out that the king is murdered they accuse the guards. For this reason, Macbeth kills the guards because he is afraid that they would deny killing King Duncan. As Macbeth is crowned king, Banquo starts to suspect that Macbeth cheated to earn his title. When Macbeth knows that Banquo suspects him, he hires murderers to kill him and his son, Fleance. Not only was he terrified that Banquo would expose him, but he was afraid that Banquo’s line would all become kings in the future, as according to the witches’ prophecies. Later on in the play, Macbeth’s paranoia comes back to haunt him. He knows that Macduff is planning war against him so he goes to the witches since their prophecies are his only source of security. This adds to his growing insanity because he relies on something evil as comfort. Guilt is another large factor that drives Macbeth insane. He had to make a decision between following his morals and pleasing his wife. He decides to please his wife

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