Compromise Of Happiness In Macbeth

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In Shakespeare’s Macbeth the pursuit or compromise of happiness is deceptive. Often the characters of the play pursue happiness, eventually compromising that happiness. Shakespeare uses characters like Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to show how passionate some people can be just to pursue that happiness. Shakespeare also displays a strong character, Macduff, a nobleman’s way of gaining happiness without compromise.

Macbeth, a character that is ruthless with power takes action to get that happiness fulfilled. Even if it harms individuals. The tyrant receives three prophecies that will ensure happiness. “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth! That shalt be king hereafter.” (Act I, scene iii, 50-53). With the three prophecies in mind Macbeth is persuaded to do such deeds that are no less than inhumane. Macbeth knows that these prophecies grant one step further towards happiness, as well one step further towards compromise. “That is a step On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap, for in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires:” (Act 1, scene iv, 55-58) From this quotes, it learnt that Macbeth is willing to go to some extent to sabotage anyone to get the throne, ensuring the prophecy. With the death of the King, and the knowledge that Macbeth committed the crime there is a step further taken toward happiness among Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. This is the

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