Macbeth Essay

analytical Essay
894 words
894 words

To what extent is Macbeth responsible for his actions? Whose Fault Is It? In the play Macbeth, Macbeth’s actions are cold blooded and are done out of ambition and greed. For example, he killed King Duncan because he wanted to be the king of Scotland. He also hired murderers to kill Banquo and his son Fleance because they stood in his way of becoming king. Only Macbeth was responsible for his deeds, however, the witches, and Lady Macbeth also played key roles in influencing Macbeth’s actions. During Macbeth’s first encounter with the three witches, he learns that he has been appointed Thane of Cawdor, and that he will be the king; but, he also knows that if he is to become the king, a few people will have to die. After thinking about it, he decides that if he is going to become the king he will let it happen naturally. His decision changes, however, once he talks to Lady Macbeth. When Lady Macbeth hears Macbeth’s story, she wants him to kill Duncan so that they can become king and queen. At first, he does not want to kill Duncan, but then Lady Macbeth questions his manhood “When you durst do it, then you were a man; / And, to be more than you were, you would / be so much more the man” (I, vii, 49-51). She tells Macbeth that she would kill her own child to have a chance like this “ I have given suck, and know / how tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me:...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how macbeth's actions are cold-blooded and are done out of ambition and greed. he killed king duncan and hired murderers to kill banquo and his son fleance.
  • Analyzes how macbeth's first encounter with the three witches influenced him to commit a murder that he wasn't planning on committing.
  • Analyzes how the witches show macbeth four apparitions, implying that he is invincible. they tell him that his castle is surrounded by men carrying large branches from birnam wood.
  • Opines that macbeth was the only one responsible for his actions and his final outcome. his wife, lady, and the witches played a huge part in influencing him.
  • Analyzes how the play macbeth shows that the only reward from greed and ambition is a hopelessness and despair.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth's grief and ambition cost her life, and her paranoia caused her death.
  • Narrates how greed took macbeth and lady macbeth nowhere; all it did was cause them both to mentally collapse. they both lost all interest in living and gave up.
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