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Analysis Of ' Macbeth ' By William Shakespeare

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Individuals that possess the ability to help others lean towards a decision often use their skill with bad intentions than for good. Standing at the core of evil, these manipulative types of people only feel accomplished when they are successful in making someone succumb to their inner selfishness. Thus, when an individual has an internal battle with their morals, most people, in the words of an old Chinese proverb, ultimately end up “sacrific[ing their] conscience to ambition.” When they do this, they “burn a picture” of the object they long for, only “to obtain ... ashes” that symbolize the shallowness of the person’s desires. In a similar sense, the steady balance of Macbeth’s morals, throughout the play, is disrupted and “sacrifice[d] … to ambition” when he allows his sinful motives to consume his entire being. However, even though he did everything he could to preserve his power, Macbeth, as a result of his evil deeds, breaks down in the end. Thus, throughout Rupert Goold’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and the witches’ persuasion brings out the sinful side of Macbeth that is responsible for the initiation of his immoral deeds that will eventually leads him onto the path of destruction. In the beginning of the film, Macbeth runs into a dilemma between having to choose loyalty or his materialistic side. His struggle develops after the war is over, when he and Banquo stumble across an faintly lighted room occupied
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