Butt Muncher Essay

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With a promising prophesy upon him, a once loyal man turns to a dark road all for power. This is the story of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. A Scottish solider, Macbeth, and his friend, Banquo, are approached by three weird sisters who play in the dark arts. The sisters, the witches, tell them that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and then king. In order for him to do this, something would need to happen to the current king of Scotland, Duncan. When informed of the prophecy, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth’s wife, manipulates Macbeth into following through with the murder plans by questioning his manhood. The rest of the story is follows a once loyal soldier into the darkness of doing whatever it takes to become king. The death of Duncan does not rest solely on Macbeth’s shoulders, but rather the weird sisters and Lady Macbeth share the burden with the blood-stained king.
The weird sisters tell Macbeth he is destined to become king so Macbeth kills Duncan to fulfill their prophecy. The third witch says that Macbeth will become king. Banquo and Macbeth are talking to the weird sisters when she says this, “All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter!”(1.3.49). The witch tells Macbeth he is destined to be king and this is a game changer for Macbeth. All claws are out. The prophecy plants a seed in Macbeth’s head that would have otherwise wilted. The very fact that there is even the slightest chance that Macbeth could be king brings out the flight or fight response, and Macbeth chooses to fight. This instinct is only enhanced when the first part of the witches’ prophecy becomes true. Before this, it was a bit like reading a horoscope: entertaining, but not realistic. However, after Macbeth becomes the Thane of Cawdor the prophecy is two-thirds accurate. The seed grows, filling Macbeth’s head with possibilities. Had the prophecy never been said, had Macbeth never wandered past the three witches, he would have never thought to kill the King because it would have never been in his realm of possibilities. However, it was prophesized, and Macbeth is not one to deny fate.
Because of the witches’ prophecy, Macbeth has a strong ambition to become king and, as in any society, only one king may rule a kingdom. The person who is then standing in the way of Macbeth and his fate is Duncan. The three weird sisters tell Macbeth he is destined to become king but their prophecy ends there. The three weird sisters never say anything about murder, so it is odd that Macbeth automatically jumps to murder as the way to become king. He immediately thinks about murder, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man that function Is smother'd in surmise, and nothing is But what is not”(1.3.9). Macbeth is in a dark place and the only light is shining from the last leg of his prophecy. His ambition is taking over his mind and he cannot think of anything but killing Duncan. It is almost as if Macbeth believes if he becomes king every issue...

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