Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare Many children are constantly trying to find new ways to entertain themselves. One might suggest that rollerblading as fast as possible and jumping off a deck would be a great possibility for pleasure. Well, this has happened in the past, and the results have mostly been broken bones. Ultimately it’s the choice of the youngster whether to jump or not: the will of the being is the decisive factor. “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”(Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of Physics). In the tragedy play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the main character Macbeth goes through many fluctuations regarding his feelings, his relationships, and his outlook towards life. Macbeth’s individually chosen actions were the cause for his alteration as a character. Macbeth yearned to be the most powerful and this ambition drove him to the assassination of his king. He had many self-debates, prior to the murder, whether to unleash his “expedition of violence”(Act II Scene iii line 126) upon the king. Often Macbeth told himself to “let not light see [his] black and deep desires”(Act I Scene iv line 58), for they were beginning to truly cloud his mind. The temptation ended up being too immense to deny for Macbeth; “if the assassination/ Could trammel up the consequence, and catch, / With his surcease, success”(Act I Scene vii line 2) then Macbeth would have what he so desired. Macbeth knew that he was “[King Duncan’s] kinsman and his subject, / Strong both against the deed: then, as his host, / Who should against his murderer shut the door, / Not bear the knife [himself]”(Act I Scene vii line 13). Yet as the time grew near for which the murder was to take place, Macbeth did not fail in pursuing his plan. Wi... ... middle of paper ... ...he complete and total end to it; including the fulfillment that surrounds it. The depolarization of Macbeth’s character is a direct result of the measures he took throughout the play to attempt to assure himself personal gain. Macbeth is one of the few characters in the play that is truly in control of his outcome: King Duncan’s murder, Banquo’s death and promoting Lady Macbeth’s involvement were all not essential to Macbeth’s existence. Much like a child not considering the consequences of his foolish yet entertaining actions, Macbeth imprudently sought to try and gain fortune without considering the results of his unjust methods of doing so. ”We are to admit no more causes of natural things, than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances”(Sir Isaac Newton’s Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, trans. A. Motte (London, 1729).).

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