The Tragedy of Macbeth Essay

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Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Macbeth Macbeth is a soliloquy written by W. Shakespeare. It shows us how people from older days was also driven by their greediness and ambitions in life. However, is this a good or a bad thing? Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are both significant characters in the play, who shows us how things can go bad, if you disrupt the old Elizabethan order, or if you keep lying. The first time we hear about Macbeth in the story is in the wounded captain's account for his battlefield valor, which makes us think that he is a brave warrior. This is a bit complicated however, when we see that Macbeth is interacting with the three witches, we start to realize that the courage he is in possession of, is being joined by a consuming feeling of ambition and maybe he is having a tendency of doubting his own actions. This is where we are talking about the killing scene. The idea of being the greatest king delights him, but at the same time, he is also accompanied of some inner turmoil. The three main attributes, which leads Macbeth to struggle for mastery throughout the play, is bravery, ambition and self-doubt. Macbeth is exhibited by Shakespeare to show the effect that guilt and bravery can have on a person who is lacking strength of character. Before Macbeth is executing Duncan, his mind is being plagued by a feeling of worry, which is why he is almost aborting the crime. Nevertheless, Lady Macbeth is pushing him into the deed, just to see that her personality is starting to disintegrate, which leaves Macbeth completely alone. Furthermore Macbeth is going through a series of murders just to secure his throne, which gives him moments of awful guilt(for example when the ghost of Banquo appears) and serious pessimism as he seems to almost succumb to despair, when Lady Macbeth dies. These different fluctuations is also reflecting the great but tragic

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