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How acts of courage develop and nurture personal integrity

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True courage is rarely found, while many strive for it, it is scarcely achieved. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare there are multiple acts of true bravery, which occur because of the desire to set past wrongs right. However, there are also many acts of cowardice because Macbeth and Lady Macbeth become greedy and commit many horrific crimes. It is these yearnings that set this tragic play in motion, and destroys any relationships that stand in the way of gaining it. The inevitable demise of Macbeth was set in motion by Lady Macbeth’s greed for power, but by Macbeth becoming King and gaining all this power his morals suffered greatly, and he became fearful and paranoid of anyone that was a possible threat to his throne.
In Macbeth Lady Macbeth is perceived to be very evil and conniving, she is the catalyst that pushes Macbeth into killing King Duncan. She emasculates and manipulates him, causing his psychotic tendencies. Before the murder of Duncan, Macbeth played the role of a honorable servant of the King, and was praised for killing the traitorous Thane of Cawdor. Instead of the praise of Macbeth’s bravery bettering his personal integrity, he lets his prophesies that the witches informed him about go to his head. He is willing to kill to try and set himself further ahead, and after he is crowned King, he would kill anyone that stood in his way. This eventually catches up with him when the other characters put the pieces of the murders together and realize that Macbeth is responsible for all the deaths. Once this happened, Macduff, the Thane of Fife, set out to Macbeth’s castle at Inverness with a large army disguised by birnam wood to behead Macbeth, so Malcolm could be crowned King. Macbeth’s lack of courage throughout ...

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... see what must be done to correct all of the wrongdoings. In the beginning of the play the three witches chant “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” (I.iii.12), which means the natural order has been reversed. This is a significant quote because it signifies how the natural order was upset by Macbeth killing King Duncan so he could become King. Which is where Macduff steps in to correct the erroneous doings, and rid Scotland of the evil Macbeth diseased it with.
The unavoidable deaths of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth occurred because of their unquenchable desire for power. Macbeth abused his newfound power which caused his morals to greatly suffer, and he became suspicious of all people around him that had the potential to threaten his crown. Macbeth allows his greed to get the better of him, and he is forced to face the consequences. which in this case cost Macbeth his life.
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