Shakespeare's Macbeth Fate Is Unfair

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After reading this climactic and literarily intriguing section of William Shakespeare's venerated play, Macbeth, I started to chuckle about the foolishness of Macbeth's actions. The play opened with Duncan's murder, for Duncan was too trusting in his seemingly loyal subjects, namely, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Later on, Banquo lost his life due to this immense trust in another, Macbeth. Finally, it is Macbeth now that falls after believing whole-heartedly in the witch's prophecies, for he trusted that his demise would come only after Birnam Wood would come to his castle and a man "not born of a woman" would kill him. The common connection that all these three murdered characters have is that they all trust everything for its face-value, not thinking outside of the box and looking for hidden meanings. For example, Duncan and Banquo didn't notice Macbeth's frenzied breakdown, just like Macbeth trusted wholly in the witch's prophecies. Shakespeare, thus, is expressing that you cannot trust anything and you have to think creatively in order to not foolishly take everything for its face-value. If you do, as all these characters exemplify, your demise is sure to come. However, in my opinion, what Shakespeare is saying - never to trust anyone - is, in reality, quite sad. Where would you be in life today if you didn't trust in another? Doesn't teamwork, which is much better than working alone, require at least some levels of trust? Thus, I highly disagree with Shakespeare, for society needs to trust others in certain cases in order for life to progress harmoniously. Without any trust, everyone would be in a constant state of fear, much like Macbeth, eventually leading to one's collapse. One's sense of security would be lost, and even a baby would have to be in a constant state of apprehension towards its mother who chould possibly be getting ready to "dash its brains out." However, I believe that Shakespeare somewhat contradicted himself here, for didn't Macbeth not wholly trust anybody? He killed all those around him that would have held the slightest suspicion about him. He didn't even trust his own wife, Lady Macbeth, as shown when he didn't tell her about his plans to kill Banquo in Act III. Despite his lack of trust, he still fell towards his doom. This is ironic, for wasn't Shakespeare before describing how trust leads to one's demise? If this is so, why did the untrusting Macbeth perish? Thus, this theme must be stating that you can trust some people that you know extremely well, and cannot trust others solely based upon their out appearances. You must first delve into their inner personality instead of judging their character on their outer appearances, a central theme throughout the text. Furthermore, immediately after reading this section, I wondered what Macbeth could be thinking when he saw Malcolm's army of 100,000 men. Essentially, it was the sole Macbeth versus this gigantic horde of heavily armored men. As I read, I was...

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