macbeths descent into evil

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Macbeth’s Decent Into Evil The character Macbeth in the story of Shakespeare’s Macbeth faces decisions that affect his morals. He begins as an innocent soul, dedicated to serve his kingdom and its king, Duncan. As time passes and opportunities present themselves combined with the deception of the evil witches, Macbeth begins his descent into madness. Macbeth’s innocence and loyalty are completely corrupted due to his over confidence, guilty conscience, and the inevitability of human nature. Macbeth looses sight of what is morally right to do in life because his logical choices are changed by these factors. Macbeth was capable of achieving his place as king but his path to greatness would not have occurred without his ability to be overconfident. This ability was responsible for his overall position as being blind to the possibility of failure. The witches assured him that he would be essentially invincible and that only in what seemed to be impossible situations, would his life be threatened. Macbeth explains: “With thy keen sword impress as make me bleed: Let fall thy blade of vulnerable crests; I bear a charmed life, which must not yield To one of woman born” (5.8. 13-16). Macbeth was so confident that the idea of someone not being born of a woman was impossible in itself and therefore he had nothing to fear. However, it was this overconfidence that the witches depended on. They wanted the overconfidence to prevent Macbeth from understanding the consequences of his actions, and to do so they overwhelmed him with security: “He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear His hopes’bove wisdom, grace, and fear: And you all know security Is mortals’ chiefest enemy” (3.5.29-33). Another factor resulting in the inevitability of Macbeth’s evil was his Guilty conscience. Macbeth knows his actions are wrong a... ... middle of paper ... ...lp of Lady Macbeth the deed is done. She is unmoral and changes Macbeth’s decision with intimidation: “I have given suck, and know How tender’tis love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash’d the brains out, had I so sworn As you have done to this”(1.7.59-64). Macbeth’s life is a tragic story about how he was deceived and molded into an evil man. His evil, sparked by lady Macbeth, began with the murder of king Duncan. Macbeth’s heart couldn’t handle the sin but Lady Macbeth forced him to change his mind. Macbeth’s evil was a result of his overconfidence, guilty conscience, and his human nature, all of which are traits that could be seen in any person in search of power. Work Cited Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. : , .

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  • Explains that macbeth was so confident that the idea of someone not being born of a woman was impossible in itself and therefore he had nothing to fear. the witches relied on this overconfidence to prevent him from understanding the consequences of his actions.
  • Analyzes how macbeth's guilty conscience led to his inevitability of evil. he knew his actions were wrong, but dismissed it so that his reign as king was secured.
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