Macbeth Essay

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Duncan is the most unlikely character to be killed because of his personality, but his title as King of Scotland, causes for Macbeth to loathe Duncan. In the play there is very interaction between Macbeth and Duncan, showing the little time in which Macbeth gets more power. Prior to the witches’ prophecies Macbeth is loyal to Duncan, and would never imagine killing him. After the one of the witches’ prophecies comes to be true, the thought of killing Duncan, Macbeth "yield[s] to that suggestion / whose horrid image doth unfix my hair / and make my seated heart knock at my ribs" (1.3.146-148). Partly because of Lady Macbeth’s suggestion his "vaulting ambition" is starting to take over, and he begins to take into consideration killing Duncan, to become king. Macbeth however, does not feel comfortable in killing Macbeth, giving himself reasons why not to kill Duncan: “First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself,” (I, vii, 13-16) Lady Macbeth, convinces Macbeth, that killing Duncan is the right thing to do until right before he performs the murder. We learn from this murder that Macbeth truly had faith in the king and was very loyal, but knowing that one day he would become king, his ambition and the persuasion of Lady Macbeth, causes him to perform the act, that he will regret. This murder changes Macbeth as a person, however, and he soon feels little regret for killing King Duncan, but this act will soon aid in his downfall.
As Macbeth got more powerful, he relies more on the witches’ advice and trusts them more, causing him to follow his destiny to his downfall. Macbeth understands that the witches "have more in them than mortal knowledge." (1.2) and his belief becomes stronger because out of the three prophecies, "two truths are told" (I, iii, 126b). If it hadn’t been for the prophecy that the witches gives to Banquo and Macbeth, Lady Macbeth would never persuade Macbeth into killing Duncan to become King; and Macbeth never would plot to kill Banquo as a result of jealousy because of Banquo’s prophecy, and mistrust of Banquo after Macbeth kills Duncan. Macbeth relies on the witches throughtout the play. Knowing that his sins are so large and he is "in blood / Stepp'd in so far that, should I wade no more," (136-37), he knows that he must consult the witches again because he knows they will give him advice, and confidence and continue on in these poor decisions. Again he withces manipulate Macbeth even more, by showing him three apparations, that make him feel over confident about his bright future as king. These apparations gives Macbeth false confidence, and will result in him making decisions that leads him to his ultimate downfall. So when he finds out these predictions are not true he dams "all those that trust them", (IV, i, 139) ironically damning himself, because he has trusted the witches up until this point. The...

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