Macbeth, By William Shakespeare Essay

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William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is the play which tells the story of a soldier and the disastrous path which he took in pursuit of the throne. Macbeth was a victim of forces beyond his control; they are the witches and Lady Macbeth. The witches create a stimulus for Macbeth to become destructive in his pursuit for the throne. However Macbeth was only persuaded and ready to kill after being influenced by Lady Macbeth. Therefore we can assume that it was Lady Macbeth that transformed Macbeth into a megalomaniac.
The witches were the force that initiated Macbeth’s possibility to murder Duncan for the throne, which led to the destruction that followed thereafter. When the witches welcome Macbeth they call him by three names, “hail thee, Thane of Cawdor”, “hail thee, Thane of Glamis” and, “”thou shall be king thereafter.” By calling Macbeth by these names the witches aimed for Macbeth to pursue these titles, the role of king in particular as he was not to receive it by chance. “Malcolm, son of Duncan, King of Scotland,” if not for the murders Macbeth would have not gained the kingship as Malcolm was heir. By the witches suggesting that Macbeth would become king they are liable for creating the possibility for Macbeth to choose to commit the disasters that followed. If Macbeth would have not heard the witches’ prophecies it would be reasonable to assume that he would not have murdered for the throne, hence he was a victim of a supernatural force.
After meeting with the witches Macbeth was a moral man and refused to subject himself to the “evil inclination.” “Stars, hide your fires, let not light see my black and deep desires.” Macbeth had the dark desire to become king, but he knew what was good and bad at this point in the play and refused to resort to murdering Duncan. In Macbeth’s soliloquy when he leaves the state dinner he thinks of the consequences and reasons as to why he should not kill Duncan. “If th’ assassination could trammel up the consequence.” Macbeth was still a logical and moral person after the meeting upon the heath; therefore Macbeth was not influenced to kill Duncan by the witches.
Lady Macbeth when hearing the prophecy attempts to manipulate Macbeth into committing the murder for the kingship. Macbeth has a strong ambition, even before speaking to Lady Macbeth, “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition which o’erleaps itself and folds on th’ other.” Lady Macbeth used Macbeth’s will to succeed to get him to commit the murder of Duncan. Her seduction of Macbeth began with questioning his loyalty, “was the hope drunk wherein you dress'd yourself? Hath it slept since?” This method of persuasion employed by Lady Macbeth targeted Macbeth’s will to prove himself, in this...

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