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Macbeth s Vaulting Ambition Puts Him in an Evil Frame of Mind A favorable character trait, when carried to the point of obsession, can often have disastrous effects. William Shakespeare particularly highlights this idea in his tragedy Macbeth. Macbeth s actions are the result of his own ambitions to be king. Macbeth s reaction to the witches prophecies is one example of his ambition to be king. Macbeth is told he will become Thane of Cawdor and soon after king. When he hears the news, he

 Macbeth: a Tragic Hero A tragic hero is a person who’s life is determined by four elements: fate, weakness (in Macbeth’s case, fear), poor decision making, and the realization of flaws with inability to prevent the oncoming tragedy. First of all, fate is defined as the power or force held to predetermine events. Fate makes its first appearance in the play when Lady Mac receives Macbeth’s letter which tells of the witches’ prophecies. At this point, Lady Mac is s

Macbeth by William Shakespeare In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth unconsciously uses Macbeth and others as a shield for guilt. When she wants something but doesn't have the guts to perform the task herself, she calls upon anyone but herself to do it. She thinks that this will erase her conscience of any guilt it has on it, but the shield is faulty. The first and most obvious of all places where this shield is placed is in the first two acts where Lady Macbeth is tryin

Shakespeare wrote three scenes which include the witches, but the play contains four, as a scene was added by Middleton. The witches introduce the audience to the play. They meet in foul weather, speaking of thunder, lightning, rain, fog and filthy air. In Shakespeare’s time, witches were considered evil and therefore, make the audience think that Macbeth is an evil man too. 'Fair is foul and foul is fair' These words contradict each other. Shakespeare uses illiteration to empha

John Spitzer English In Macbeth, a play by William Shakespeare, Banquo's soliloquy at the beginning of the third act explains some of his present feeling towards Macbeth. He believes that Macbeth killed to become the King of Scotland. He explains that he is the one who will start a chain of kings, not Macbeth. Strangely enough, Banquo makes this discovery two scenes from his death, not giving him enough time to tell others the discovery. In the first three lines of t

Macbeth In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, we discover that Macbeth is a tragic hero. Macbeth is very ambitious, courageous, and a moral coward: all these things lead to his tragic death at the end of the play. At the beginning of the play, Shakespeare defines Macbeth as a hero very clearly. From the courages in defense of Scotland is significant in the opening scene. However, he is very ambitious to be king. At the beginning of the play, he was loyal to the king. While he d

Freewill vs. Fate By Owner of the Beast 1/25/99 Some people believe that everything that we do has already been predetermined. They believe that our destinies are mapped out and there is no way to change or alter the route. I, on the other hand, believe that our futures are basically made through the choices and actions that we decide to make. Such is the case with the character of Macbeth in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. In the very beginning of the play, three witches make predi

A Character Analysis of Lady Macbeth What s done cannot be undone This is what Lady Macbeth said to her husband when he returned from murdering King Duncan. The statement is subtle and explains her way of thinking. Although Lady Macbeth is not completely evil-minded, she does play a big part as the antagonist in Shakespeare s Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is a cold, heartless, and deceitful character. What did she get for being evil? Shakespeare did not supply us with much solid information ab

In my short life on this planet I have come to question things that many take upon blind faith. We all know that we must some day die; yet we continuously deny the forces at work inside ourselves, which want to search out the answers of what may or may not come after. It is far easier for humanity to accept that they will go to a safe haven and be rewarded for their lives with pleasures and fantasies of an unfathomable scale than to question the existence of a supposed omnipotent being.

Macbeth is a story of a man, whose visions of power grew by the ambitions of murder and treason. Until his thirst for power caused him to lose that very source of his ambition to the blade of Macduff's sword. It is the ironic and symbolic elements of this play that have caused so many to be inspired in many different forms of the arts. Shakespeare’s ways of creating and destroying a scene with such great detail and imagery, gave life to the open minds of inspiration. Through the wor