Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Laurence Sterne once wrote, “No body, but he who has felt it, can conceive what a plaguing thing it is to have a man’s mind torn asunder by two projects of equal strength, both obstinately pulling in a contrary direction at the same time.” This passage embodies one of the over arching themes of Macbeth. The character Macbeth, in Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, could easily identify with this passage due to the fact that he is pulled in opposite directions by both his desire to do what is right and his desire for power. In Act 1 Macbeth is troubled by his desire to kill the king that is countered by his morals that state he should not kill Duncan for the fact “First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed”(I.vii.13,14). In scene vii Macbeth contemplates reasons for killing Duncan and reasons that he should not kill Duncan. During this soliloquy he comes to the conclusion that he should not kill Duncan. Immediately after arriving at this conclusion Lady Macbeth enters and reminds him of the positive impacts killing the king may have. Macbeth is torn by two ...

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