Emma Roberts. Prof. Veach . English Composition I. January

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Emma Roberts
Prof. Veach
English Composition I
January 20th, 2017

A Wicked King

“To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness,”are words from famous philosopher Confucius. They are very applicable through the course of a famous 1606 tragedy named, Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. The main character, named Macbeth, received prophecies from a trio of witches that one day he will become the mighty King of Scotland. These witches, also know as the “Weird Sisters,” had great influence on Macbeth. These fascinating and frightening nymph-like creatures, that Shakespeare created, reflects a wicked, supernatural world. Once Macbeth had crossed paths with the witches, he began to seek them out more and more for
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After battling his conscience, Macbeth took matters into his own hands by violently killing King Duncan. He then chose to frame Duncan’s innocent son for the gruesome murder. This propelled Macbeth to inherit the throne. Unfortunately, this was only the beginning of Macbeth’s killing spree spurred by the witches prophesies. Lady’s Macbeth’s coercion and Macbeth’s choice to listen resulted in restlessness. After his encounter with the witches, Macbeth wasn 't fully ready to murder someone for the sake of getting what he desired, so he turned to his wife for counsel. She persuaded him to murder King Duncan to prove himself worthy of the throne. Wanting to show his strength and please his wife, he murdered Duncan. After committing the crime, Macbeth was instantly traumatized. He went crying to his wife saying, “Still it cried "sleep no more!" to all the house: "Glamis hath murder 'd sleep, and therefore Cawdor shall sleep no more; Macbeth shall sleep no more.” (Shakespeare, 2.2.38-40) This was true, from that time on Macbeth couldn 't sleep. He was so overcome with guilt, he became haunted by his decision. As a result of the influences in Macbeth’s life, he was changed from a respectable and virtuous man to someone unrecognizable. Before Macbeth ever listened to others about his future, he was regarded as noble. King Duncan said, “What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.” (Shakespeare, 1.2.68) Macbeth was respected

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