The Enslavement of Macbeth

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Fahim Shahriyar
Ms. Baillargeon
28 November, 2011
The Enslavement of Macbeth
“There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.”(Buddha) In the play, Macbeth, greed and ambitions makes noble people turn into evil characters and lead them to failure. Ambition is an extremely powerful thing for it can bring about complete changes upon individual. Initially Macbeth is a very noble character and he fights to protect his country. He is not affected by the temptations around him because of his pure character. Throughout the novel Macbeth is faced with many temptations which influences and encourages him to become a greedy and ruthless person. Ultimately Macbeth’s ambitions and greed take control of him and case him to commit ruthless and selfish actions. Therefore, the main character, Macbeth, begins as a noble and compassionate character to his king but his negative fueled ambition eventually enslaves him to become a greedy and ruthless character.
Nobility is a powerful characteristic which is not easily enslaved by ambition. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a very noble and compassionate character and he fights to protect his country with no other ambition than to keeping his country safe. The soldier said,“For brave Macbeth- well he deserves that name- disdain fortune, with his brandish’d steel, which he smoked with bloody execution.” (Shakespeare, 13) The soldier who fought with Macbeth describes Macbeth’s valiant efforts to protect his country. Macbeth’s bravery and physical strength in battle is respected by all. King Duncan refers to him as "noble Macbeth" and after Scotland's victory over Norway; he is rewarded with the title of the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth is also shown to be a caring and compassionate man in his relationship with his wife, Lady Macbeth, when he
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