Macbeth 2 Essay

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Macbeth at the beginning of the play is portrayed as an honest, loyal and brave subject. It is at the scene when he first encounters the three witches with Banquo that we see something click inside of him. They prophecize that Macbeth, Thane of Glamis is also Thane of Cawdor and will be king. The witches also say Banquo will be father to a line of kings. He is enticed with the prophecy that he will become king and this thought, whether it is a new one to him or not, really starts to tug away at his morals, honor, integrity. His wife, Lady Macbeth, though describes her husband as "too full o' the milk of human kindness." To be king is an alluring thought to Macbeth and killing the the rightful King Duncan to get to the crown does cross his mind, but Lady Macbeth has to manipulate and taunt her husband to convince him to do the deed. When it's set in his head what's to be done, Macbeth on his way to Duncan's chamber, sees a bloody dagger floating in the air before him. Do his eyes deceive him? Is it real? He is unnerved but it does not take away his resolve to kill the king. His desire for the crown is stronger than knowing what is right. Macbeth kills Duncan and is wracked with regret, fear, guilt, sorrow. This time he hears voices saying he has murdered sleep. He comes into his own chamber to his wife, bloodied and wailing and falling apart. He cannot believe what he has done. He obviously is not truly evil at heart but this 'milk of human kindness' he is able to push away to achieve his evilly-motivated goal to be king. After this first murder the idea of killing to be able to get what he wants seems less horrific to Macbeth. He easily kills the king's servants the next day that he and Lady Macbeth have set up. This time...

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