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Macbeth: The Force Of Evil Essay

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In Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth”, Macbeth was once a loyal knight in his king’s army, but he transforms into a greedy felon. Shakespeare shows that greed can be a person’s demise. Macbeth is true to this statement because he lets the greed to be king engulf him; he blatantly executes malicious deeds to make true his fate foretold by the three witches. Macbeth is gullible/naïve for the witch’s prophecies, ambitious to be king, and is influenced by external forces.
Macbeth hears that he is prophesied to be king, and lets his bad judgment take over. Macbeth relies on the witches’ prophecies to tell him of his future and what danger is to come. Macbeth is naïve because he takes the prophecies ...view middle of the document...

Macbeth kills Duncan, to get the role as king; therefor he killed anyone who got in his way. He fears Banquo because his sons were prophesied to be kings, so Macbeth has him killed. Macduffs family is slaughtered by Macbeth because of the fear of another prophecy; Macbeth thinks that killing his family will stop any disputes between them. Nonetheless Macbeth doesn’t account for Malcolm, one of the late kings sons taking revenge on Macbeth. Another prophecy, “Nobody born of woman shall harm Macbeth” (Macbeth, Act IV, scene I, 80) meaning that every man can hurt Macbeth. The last prophecy became true because an army came through the Great Brinam Woods to fight Macbeth. Macbeths drive to be king blinds him from any common scene that he may have had to decipher the prophecies and keep his rule.
Macbeth is influenced by the witches and Lady Macbeth throughout the entire story from the witches’ ridiculous prophecies to Lady Macbeth’s persuasion to kill Duncan. After Lady Macbeth’s persuasion, to kill Duncan, Macbeth kills on his own, Lady Macbeth set off the tyrant in Macbeth. The...

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