William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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It has often been said that Macbeth is a character of powerful contradictions. He is evil and all-powerful. Are his violent acts and his criminal activities simply the result of Macbeth’s ambition to be King of Scotland? Why is he willing to kill his king and his best friend with apparently no remorse? Are his acts the result of blind ambition? No, Macbeth is the target of manipulation. He is not the manipulator, but instead is manipulated by different people and different forces.
Macbeth encounters his first group of manipulators in the form of witches. The witches prophesize that Macbeth will one day be King of Scotland and that the descendents of Banquo will become kings.
Having shared this prophecy with Lady Macbeth, the goal of being king becomes very enticing.
Macbeth’s first act of evil is the killing of
Duncan. Before the murder, Macbeth tries to tell
Lady Macbeth that he will not go through with it.
She has to goad him into killing the King. After committing the murder, Macbeth seems almost delirious. He says that "…all great Neptune’s ocean will not wash this blood clean from my hand"(Act II, Scene ii, lines 60-61). When he murders Banquo, Macbeth is still in torment, but the cause of his anguish seems to have changed.
He is afraid of Banquo, because Banquo knows about the witches and because the witches predicted that his descendents would be kings. Banquo’s death, he says will put his mind at rest.
As the play goes on, the...

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