William Shakespeare's Macbeth

analytical Essay
987 words
987 words

What if none of the evil decisions made in the play Macbeth, are actually Macbeth’s fault? There are also many other forces at work, meddling with Macbeth and influencing him to change into a cold and cruel man who kills without a second thought. Would characters such as Banquo and Duncan have been murdered if perhaps fate did not direct their destinies, or if Lady Macbeth had not manipulated Macbeth, or even if the three witches had not shown Macbeth their prophecies and apparitions? Macbeth is valiant, noble, and a truly decent person whose destiny is unfortunately set in stone and whose life is a tumultuous road with an impending doom. His cold and calculating wife controls Macbeth through manipulations and evil ideas. Additionally, Macbeth encounters three weird sisters who ambiguously give Macbeth false hopes and cloak the whole truth, leading to his over confidence and greed. In Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth, Macbeth is doomed by the influence and manipulation of external forces as opposed to internal forces, consequently leading him to make atrocious/dastardly decisions and causing his ultimate demise as seen through the inevitable forces of fate, Lady Macbeth, and the witches. The play Macbeth is a Shakespearean tragedy; therefore, fate plays an extremely important role in Macbeth’s downfall through its inevitable characteristics and use foreshadowing. The majority of the characters die because of the hero and their flaw which leads them to make bad decisions. Hence, it is destined for Macbeth to commit evil acts such as murdering King Duncan, his good friend, and plotting against his fellow thane as a result of his tragic flaw, excessive ambition. Additionally, in a Shakespearean tragedy, there is always an aspe... ... middle of paper ... ...rd apparition states, “Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn/The power of man, for none of woman born/Shall harm Macbeth (Shakespeare, 4.1.78-80). Macbeth believes that no one can kill him, when in reality Macduff can since he is born from a c-section. The witches’ ambiguous language concealed the whole truth from Macbeth eventually resulting in his gruesome death. Finally, without the witches, Macbeth would not have been so entirely affected by the supernatural. For instance, Macbeth sees a hallucination of a dagger before killing Duncan and he seems to believe that it is a sign that he is doing the right thing. He also begins to believe everything the witches’ say, even if it is outrageous, such as him becoming king. This belief in the supernatural leads Macbeth to commit corrupt acts such as killing Duncan and is one of the causes of his growing paranoia.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how macbeth is doomed by the influence and manipulation of external forces as opposed to internal forces in shakespeare's classic tragedy.
  • Analyzes how fate plays an important role in macbeth's downfall through its inevitable characteristics and use foreshadowing.
  • Analyzes how lady macbeth's manipulation causes him to make evil decisions that lead to his eventual doom, such as murdering king duncan.
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