King Duncan and Macbeth Essay

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“Security is mortal’s chiefest enemy” - Hecate (III, v, 32-33), Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare comments through Hecate that the greatest enemy of mankind is seeking security. In this scene, Hecate is planning the destruction of Macbeth by building his confidence and in the process; she gives us a hint to our lives. This can also be related to our society when one tries to gain a higher rank that results in becoming his nemesis. An example of this is Tiger Woods. The image of the very successful golfer, Tiger Woods, as a clean-cut family man has been lost forever in a scandal from which he may never recover. As shown in the play Macbeth by Shakespeare, the pursuit of security can lead to tragedy.
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Overconfidence in the second Thane of Cawdor (Macbeth).

a. Duncan in this quote shows how much he respects Macbeth and also says that he cannot thank him enough. 2. “This castle hath pleasant seat; the air... unto our gentle senses.” (I, vi, 1-3) a. The castle in this quote is referred to Macbeth’s castle. Duncan praises Macbeth’s castle and Macbeth.

[2nd BODY PARAGRAPH] II. Macbeth’s downfall caused by overconfidence A. Overconfidence in the Prophecies 1. “This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill; cannot be good: if ill, why hath it given me earnest of success, commencing in truth?” (I, iii, 140-143). a. After seeing the first prophecy come true, Macbeth starts believing in the witch’s prophecies and starts believing that the prophecies will be fulfilled. B. Overconfidence in the Witches and the Apparition. 1. “Thou wast born of
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