The Importance Of Greed In Macbeth

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Shakespeare has created a tragedy with valuable insights that are attained by the past and present audiences of the play. Macbeth is a prime example of this. This is because Macbeth is written as a cautionary tale, to exhibit the consequences of greed, unchecked ambition and temptations.

Greed is one of the main themes in the play. Greed is shown to be an instrumental part of the upbringing of unchecked ambitions. Macbeth is depicted to have a great desire for the throne as when Malcolm is instated to be the Prince of Cumberland and to be the heir to the throne. In the soliloquy, “The prince of Cumberland! That is a step. On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, for in my way it lies. Stars hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires. The eye wink at the hand yet let that be which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.” (Act 1 Scene 4) Greed in turn makes Macbeth murder Duncan and to frame the heirs of the throne Malcolm and Donaldbain so that he would instead become the new king. Because of the fact that the witches hailed Banquo as the father to a line of kings, Macbeth would then murder him as he thought to himself that his own sons would not become his successor, “He chid the sisters. When first they put the name of king upon me, And bade them speak to him: then prophet-like They hail'd him father to a line of kings: Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown, And put a barren sceptre in my gripe, Thence to be wrench'd with an unlineal hand, No son of mine succeeding. If 't be so, For Banquo's issue have I filed my mind; For them the gracious Duncan have I murder'd; Put rancours in the vessel of my peace Only for them; and mine eternal jewel Given to the common enemy of man, To make them kings, the seed ...

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...o forsake his morality. Also, Macbeth is a person who had noble intentions before Lady Macbeth tempted him with the proposed murder of Duncan to accelerate his ascension to the throne as he has said “If chance will have me king, why, chance will crown me, without my stir.” It indicates that on one level he accepts the witches’ prophecy, even though he knows that it usurps the natural order stating that if he shall be crowned king, the time will present itself naturally without him interrupting. This shows that however noble you may be, you can still fall into the hands of temptations.

In conclusion, Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Macbeth” provides valuable lessons and insights in the play for audiences. To learn that having unchecked ambition will lead to the corruption of yourselves, being greedy would not lead to your own benefits and temptations can be very dangerous.
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