Macbeth vs. King Henry Viii

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Macbeth and King Henry VIII

Megan Groleau
Period 2
English 29
Mr. Donarum

Is there such thing as a perfect human, someone who has no flaws what so ever, they have impeccable physical ability, and great intelligence, can make the right decisions every time, they can restrain themselves from the most tempting situations, and have not one ounce of arrogance, selfishness, or greed in them? No, it is not possible. Everybody who is mortal has at least one poor trait in them, at least one flaw. Nobody is perfect, and we learn that very early in our lives. Sometimes people’s negative characteristics can end up getting the best of them, like King Henry VIII of England and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, in which both of their uttermost ambition
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The first apparition tells him to beware of Macduff. The second apparition tells him that nobody woman born can kill him. The third apparition tells him he has nothing to fear until great Birnam wood moves to Dunsinane hill near his castle. Macbeth now, arrogant as can be, thinks he can just kill of Macduffs family, that he will not die by unnatural causes since nobody woman born can kill him, and that he will never have to fear because the trees cannot move. Macbeth’s next move is to send someone to slay Macduffs family because of the witches prophecy. He has Macduffs whole family killed; his wife and children, and maids. “Seize upon Fife; give to the edge of the sword, his wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls, that trace live.”(131) Macbeth is now a tyrant and he will kill everyone and anyone who might be a threat to his power. Scotland is torn apart and his followers are even fleeing the country. Lady Macbeth has gone insane, having sleeping problems and hallucinations, and exclaims that she cannot wash the blood, or guilt, of her hands and she has failed. She soon after ends up killing herself because of her guilty conscience. While Macbeth is tearing apart Scotland, in England, Malcolm and Macduff are discussing how terrible Macbeth is and making an army to over throw him. The army marches with branches to disguise them and making it seem like the Birnam woods are coming to Dunsinane. At the end,

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