False Sense Of Security Leads To Tragic Events

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False Sense of Security Leads to Tragic EventsThe most widely respected writer today is not Nicholas Sparks, Stephen King or Jane Austin. It is William Shakespeare, an English poet and playwright, who discusses and debates important morals and themes of life in literature. In the tragedy, Macbeth, Shakespeare reviews many perspectives of how people may react when encountered with ambition and granted mass amount of power. The false senses of security of various characters are a major contributor to the tragedies in Macbeth. The main catastrophes of this behavior are death, war and loss of conscience.Death proves that a false sense of security is a major contributor to the tragedies of the play over the loss of Duncan, Banquo and Macbeth's lives."O worthiest cousin,The sin of my ingratitude even nowWas heavy on me. Thou art so far beforeThat swiftest wing of recompense is slowTo overtake thee. /Only I have left to say,More is thy due than more than all can pay." (1.4.15-22).Duncan invests in an extent amount of trust in Macbeth due to the fact that he fought against the Norwegians which led to victory. Duncan's overconfidence response to Macbeth's heroic battle caused him to let his guards down. Unfortunately, as a result it has led to the tragic event of Duncan's death himself. Likewise, Banquo has made the same mistake in over trusting Macbeth. Banquo is a general who is bold and always aware of his surroundings. As Banquo hears the foot-steps of someone approaching his chamber, he tells Fleance, his son, to "Give me my sword." (2.1.9). This statement reveals that Banquo is constantly cautious, however after Banquo asks "Who's there?" (2.1.9) and Macbeth responds with "A friend." (2.1.10), Banquo recognizes that it is Macbeth, and he lowers his sword. This shows that even though Banquo does not trust anyone, he does trust Macbeth because he is one of his closest friends. Due to this trust, Banquo has been blinded by Macbeths desire to become King and his willing of doing anything to be crowned the title including murdering his best friend. The naïve mind of Banquo has led to his own tragedy of death. On the contrary, the tragic event of Macbeth's death was caused by his own doing. His self- confidence has been built up by Lady Macbeth and along with her influences, this caused his ambition to be intensified enough to drive him to obtain and maintain his title of King no matter what it took. "Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn/The power of man, for none of woman born/Shall harm Macbeth." (4.1.81-83). Considering the Witches' second apparition states that Macbeth cannot be killed by anyone born of women, this added alongside Macbeth's self confidence of keeping his title of king and his worry of death. As a result, of his ego he decides to go into battle with Macduff and Malcolm not knowing the outcome. As Macbeth and Macduff come face to face, Macbeth boasts to Macduff "As easy mayst thou the intrenchant air/ With thy keen sword...

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