Macbeth Essay

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Responsibility, Confidence, and Courage
In everyday society, there are movie stars, celebrities, athletes and powerful figureheads that are looked up to. In every generation people experience downfalls due to individual choices, personal conflict, and family problems, . These people develop a tragic flaw that usually leads to their ruin. In William Shakespeare's, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth, the main character develops a tragic flaw, and ends up experiencing a downfall. In this play, there are people who can be blamed for his eventual demise, but in the long run, people are truly responsible for their own choices and actions. Macbeth is responsible for his own downfall. Macbeth is responsible because he abandoned his morals, he was easily persuaded, and he became too hungry for power.
Macbeth abandons his morals because Lady Macbeth gives him a false sense of power. In the beginning of the play, the reader sees Macbeth as a brave, loyal soldier, and is just about to be named Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth was a big part of the war that Scotland was fighting against Norway. After the war was over, Macbeth met three witches named the Weird Women. They gave Macbeth a prophecy that stated the Macbeth would become Thane of Cawdor, then eventually the king. In the beginning of the play, the witches state, “All hail Macbeth, Hail to thee Thane of Glamis. / All hail Macbeth, Hail to thee Thane of Cawdor. / All hail Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter” (1.3.1-3). After this encounter, Macbeth wrote a letter to Lady Macbeth, and talked about his encounter with the witches and what he thought about it. After Lady Macbeth read this letter, she said, “Yet I do fear by nature; / It is too ful o’ th’ milk of human kindness” (1.5.16-17). When this is said, Lady Macbeth is thinking about the possible result of Macbeth becoming King of Scotland. Lady Macbeth is saying that she thinks that Macbeth is to kind, to be a truly powerful king. As the reader sees in the following scenes of the play, Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to do things that are against his morals. After Macbeth comes home to his castle, Lady Macbeth immediately tries to talk to him about the letter, and the prophecy. Lady Macbeth starts to come up with a plan of murdering King Duncan, and framing the guards. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth was completely against the idea of killing the king, but eventually, he becomes more, and more tolerable of the idea. Eventually, he decides to kill King Duncan, Lady Macbeth drugs the guards, rings a bell to signal that everything is ready, and Macbeth kills Duncan. When the bell rings, Macbeth states in his soliloquy, “I go, and it is done. The Bell invites me. / Hear not, Duncan for it is a knell, / that summons thee to heaven or hell” (2.1.75-77). In this quote, Macbeth is saying the bell is inviting him to kill Duncan. He does not want Duncan to hear the bell because it is the deciding factor of him going to heaven, or hell....

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