Macbeth essay

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Final Macbeth Essay In Macbeth Shakespeare illustrates that life’s errors, errors of action or omission of action, are generally caused by each individual’s blindness. This blindness occurs when one assumes that others view the world, think and/or behave as one does oneself. However, such blindness can have dire consequences. Throughout the book Macbeth, both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth experience blindness and ignorance to different choices they have made. Through their ignorance, they become guilty and because of this they must face the consequences of their actions. They must face that they cannot run away from everything and that their blindness and ignorance will catch up to them, ending in consequences. Lady Macbeth experiences her blindness first in Act 1 Scene V, when she plans the scheme to kill Duncan after reading the letter from Macbeth. She decides that this would be the perfect opportunity to fulfill her plan. She talks to herself about being confident to pursue her plan. (Act 1 Scene 1V 26-27) In this quote she proves to be confident in herself and will do what she can to get at what she wants, which is to be queen. She is blind because she thinks she is making the right choice in wanting to kill Duncan. She does not realize her actions involve much more planning than what she has put into it. We start to see evidence of her ignorance toward her situation in Act III. She starts to feel guilty for what she has done, or rather made her husband do, but ignores her guilty conscience. We know this from reading Act III when Lady Macbeth is thinking these things to herself, and expressing how she is being tormented with anxiety. “Naught’s had, all’s spent, Where our desire is got without content. ‘Tis safer to be that which we destroy Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy.” (III ii 6-9) Her blindness in this section takes place when she ignores

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