Macbeth, A Brave Scottish General Trusted By The King

1921 WordsDec 18, 20148 Pages
In Shakespeare’s literary masterpiece Macbeth, a brave Scottish general trusted by the king is overcome with murderous behavior after receiving prophecies from witches of a future as the king. His desire for power is sparked by entrusting witches with his future after their first prophecy comes true and his unchecked ambition as a well-respected man. The problem with mixing violence with ambition is exhibited in this play a dangerous combination. Through extended metaphors and indirect characterization, Shakespeare in Macbeth depicts how reliance amidst an illusion of power induces corruption. Macbeth’s confidence in the prophecies of the witches represents reliance. Reliance is defined as trustful dependence. Macbeth has complete trust in the witches and depends on their prophecies to soothe him to "‘fear not, Macbeth; no man that’s born of woman shall e’er have power upon thee.’" This quote shows his trust in the witches because he doesn’t second guess them; he listens to what they say and depends on their words. These words provide him with the relief and comfort he needs to carry through with his plans of killing King Duncan and his attempt to overpower everyone around him. Macbeth believes that he has control over the situations at hand when really the witches have control. Between what Macbeth imagines and what he does "there is only a temporal gap, in which he himself seems devoid of will. The Weird Sisters, Macbeth’s Muses, take the place of that will" (Bloom). When
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