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Macbeth: A Noble and Highly Respected Figure In Ducan's Reign

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Macbeth: A Noble and Highly Respected Figure In Ducan's Reign

Macbeth was a noble and highly respected figure in King Duncan's reign. He

lived a brave and honest life, serving the King and his country against evil.

The Tragedy of Macbeth occurred when the weird sisters met Macbeth for the first

time. An evil mind took over Macbeth, and he was doomed to the witches

prophesies until his death.

Macbeth was a General of the King's army, and served the King with honor and

dignity. After success in the battle against the Thane of Cawdor, which was

Macbeth's final serving for King Duncan, Banquo and he met with the King.

Banquo was commended, and "To make thee full of growing. - Noble Banquo" (Act 1

Scene 4); but Macbeth was given all the credit, and titled "My worthy Cawdor!"

(Act 1 Scene 4), Thane of Cawdor for his service. It was during this scene,

where Duncan announced Malcom as his future successor, that Macbeth's thoughts

became evil obsessions. A power was taking over him, his own flaw from evil,

brought about by the weird sisters. "Stars, hide your fires, Let not the light

see my black and deep desires." (Act 1 Scene 4).

Macbeth's flaw is highly influenced by his wife, Lady Macbeth, who has wicked

thoughts, and persuades Macbeth into many actions he would not normally do.

"Only look up clear: To alter favour ever is to fear. Leave all the rest to me"

(Act 1 Scene 5) shows her strength over Macbeth.

As Macbeth prepares to kill Duncan, he hallucinates, and many thoughts cross his

mind, but when the bell sounds, "Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell That

summons thee to heaven or to hell." (Act 2 Scene 2) and Macbeth acts promptly.

After the murder Macbeth regrets his actions, but again Lady Macbeth is

influential toward him, reminding his that "These deeds must not be thought

After these ways; so, it will make us mad." (Act 2 Scene 2).

Macbeth's true self again break through when he has false thoughts about his

actions. "Had I but died an hour before this chance I had lived a blessed time;

for, from this instant, There's nothing serious in mortality. All is but toys;

renown and grace is dead, The wine of life is drawn, and the mere lees Is left

this vault to brag of." (Act 2 Scene 4). All the confusion surrounding Macbeth

has prompted him to make some errors. He did not place the daggers on the

guards after the murders, and then before anybody was able to talk to the
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