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Macbeth's Weak Mindset, Lust For Power, And Quest For Blood In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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In the story of Macbeth the character Macbeth is portrayed as an honest and trustworthy man. In the beginning of the story Macbeth meets three witches that tell him that he will be the Thane of Cowdar and eventually become King. Essentially Macbeth does not believe this and ignores it. Macbeth tells his wife about the series of events with the witches and his wife begins Macbeth’s quest for all power. In the story Lady Macbeth is the force that provokes Macbeth to commit all of these evil deeds. In the story it is easily noticeable that Macbeth can be convinced to do just about anything, but after he is no longer being convinced to do these acts it is realized that Macbeth has a lust for power, a quest for blood, and a weak mindset.
It could not be more obvious that Macbeth had a weak mind-set in the story of Macbeth. It is first noticed when he begins to take into thought what the three witches told him about being king. It is also noticed when he lets his own wife convince him to murder King Duncan to acclaim the throne. Essentially Macbeth does not want to kill King Duncan, but due to some persuading words from his wife Macbeth kills Duncan and regrets it terribly. After Macbeth murders King Duncan his wife has to consol him and make him wash the blood from the murders off of his hands. Furthermore, Macbeth shows off his weak mindset by allowing his mind to become a vicious murderer. The weakening of Macbeth’s mind seemed to begin around the time that King Duncan announces that his son Malcolm is heir to the throne and this is when Macbeth begins to ponder murder. Mainly until act four it is Lady Macbeth who dominates over Macbeth. In the story Lady Macbeth repeatedly pushes Macbeth into doing things he knows is wrong and does not agree to doing. Macbeth is guilty of betrayal, but he does not commit the act himself which shows how weak he really is. After Macbeth has Banquo killed, he hallucinates and thinks he sees Banquo’s ghost because the malevolent deed is burdening his conscience.(Griffin 9 ) Mentally, Macbeth no longer exists. Due to Macbeth’s weak mind set it was Lady Macbeth that caused Macbeth to become blinded by ambition. He did desire the crown but it was Lady Macbeth who took control and forced Macbeth on a self-destructive path that would lead only to misery, not only for himself, but for all around him. It can be said that all of the women in the story had an effect on Macbeth’s mind. Shakespeare makes Macbeth’s character change to show how evil can take control and manipulate a person to cause pain to the surrounding environment. Macbeth is fearless. Without this dilemma, Macbeth decides to do everything rapidly and spontaneously. As a result of visiting the witches, a new flaw is developed in Macbeth’s mind. He becomes very arrogant, thinking that he cannot be defeated. However, in the end his arrogance will cost Macbeth his life. Throughout the meetings between the witches and Macbeth, no lies were told. All prophesies and...

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