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Lady Macbeth's Ascension To The Throne Of Scotland

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“Shakespeare's play Macbeth is said to be cursed, so actors avoid saying its name when in the theatre”. Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, is a well known tragedy where the encouragement from others and Macbeth cause a downfall. William Shakespeare has written many tragedies, however Macbeth explores how peer pressure for others can cause bad actions. Macbeth’s ambitions, Lady Macbeth’s encouragement, and the witches’ prophecies hasten macbeth’s ascension to the throne of Scotland. Macbeth’s ambitions are one of the reasons thats hastened Macbeth’s ascension to the throne of Scotland. In the beginning of the play Macbeth is very determined to become the king of Scotland. Macbeth states, “The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step On which I…show more content…
Throughout the play, Lady Macbeth encourages Macbeth to do things so both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth can get to the top and be king. Lady MAcbeth states, “That I may pour my spirits in thine ear, And chastise with the valor of my tongue, All that impedes thee from the golden round, Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem, To have thee crowned withal” (1.5.27-33). There is nothing Lady MAcbeth wants more then to become Queen. She craves the power and the attention. Jameson states, “Hence it is, that those who can feel and estimate the magnificent conception and poetical development of the character, have overlooked the grand moral lesson it conveys; they forget that the crime of Lady Macbeth terrifies us in proportion as we sympathize with her; and that this sympathy is in proportion to the degree of pride, passion, and intellect we may ourselves possess” (Jameson). Readers often sympathize with Lady Macbeth because of what the murders did to her. However, readers forget that Lady Macbeth was the one who pushed Macbeth to murder so she could be queen. If Lady Macbeth did not push Macbeth to be the killer he became, then Macbeth would have lived a peaceful life. Lady Macbeth’s constant reminder that Macbeth needed to kill in order to be a successful king led Macbeth to kill all of the innocent people. There was nothing Lady Macbeth wanted more than to be queen and this can be seen by her…show more content…
The witches’ prophecies were the first thing that encouraged Macbeth to kill so he could be king. The witches’ prophecies told him that he had the slightest chance to become king. The Second Witch states, “All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, thane of Cawdor, All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter” (1.2.51-52). When the second witch told Macbeth that he should be king, it got in his head that he has to do everything in his power to become king. Macbeth let the witches get in his head. Therefore, what the witches said made Macbeth think he was indestructible which led him to murder so he could get to the throne quicker and stay there fir good. The Sewanee Review states, “It is the Macbeth of fiction which interests us most and who has become a living, breathing man of action and of blood” (The Sewage Review). The witches’ prophecies caused him to think that if he killed he would get to the throne quicker. His actions resulted in blood and death.. They also caused him to lose everything good he had going for him. In conclusion, the witches played a part in speeding up Macbeth’s rise to the
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