Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Many children are constantly trying to find new ways to entertain themselves. One might suggest that rollerblading as fast as possible and jumping off a deck would be a great possibility for pleasure. Well, this has happened in the past, and the results have mostly been broken bones. Ultimately it’s the choice of the youngster whether to jump or not: the will of the being is the decisive factor. “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”(Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of Physics). In the tragedy play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the main character Macbeth goes through many fluctuations regarding his feelings, his relationships, and his outlook towards life. Macbeth’s individually chosen actions were the cause for his alteration as a character.
Macbeth yearned to be the most powerful and this ambition drove him to the assassination of his king. He had many self-debates, prior to the murder, whether to unleash his “expedition of violence”(Act II Scene iii line 126) upon the king. Often Macbeth told himself to “let not light see [his] black and deep desires”(Act I Scene iv line 58), for they were beginning to truly cloud his mind. The temptation ended up being too immense to deny for Macbeth; “if the assassination/ Could trammel up the consequence, and catch, / With his surcease, success”(Act I Scene vii line 2) then Macbeth would have what he so desired. Macbeth knew that he was “[King Duncan’s] 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 [himself]”(Act I Scene vii line 13). Yet as the time grew near for which the murder was to take place, Macbeth did not fail in pursuing his plan. With the murder of Duncan and a strong possibility of the crowning of Macbeth, Macbeth enters a state of distress.
The aftermath to the assassination proved to influence Macbeth into feeling a large amount of guilt and remorse for being a traitor. Originally Macbeth was a man who would do “everything / Safe toward [King Duncan’s] love and honor”(Act I Scene iv line 29) and seemed “full so valiant”(Act I Scene iv line 61), was now pleading a guilty conscience to autonomous powers asking to “Scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day”(Act III Scene ii line 52). Macbeth thought that with power would accompany happiness, but the contrary occurred; Macbeth became entirely swept by guilt that he was “afraid to think what [he had] done”(Act II Scene ii line 66). Macbeth, speaking in retrospect, analyses that “to gain our peace, have sent to peace, / Than on the torture of the mind to lie / In restless ecstasy.”(Act III Scene ii line 22).
With Macbeth’s new control and authority also brought an extremely paranoid and radical position which defended what was now his. To Macbeth, Banquo seemed to be a threat, and thus he thought “who wear our health but sickly in his life, / which in his death were perfect”(Act III Scene i line...