The Effects of Unwise Decisions in William Shakespeare's play Macbeth

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People can be easily manipulated into making foul decisions. In William Shakespeare's play Macbeth, brave Macbeth makes unwise decisions that affect his entire way of living. He starts off the play as a noble warrior and progressively evolves into an evil tyrant. He is accompanied through part of the play by his wife Lady Macbeth, and she is part of the reason why this loyal man starts to change. She manipulates Macbeth into killing Duncan for her own personal gain. Throughout the play, it is shown how Macbeth destroys everything around him because of his avaricious motives. Shakespeare illustrates the evils of greed as Macbeth transforms from a loyal subject, to a remorseful murderer, and finally to a paranoid and overconfident tyrant. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth proves that he is a loyal warrior by defending Scotland against the army of Norway. Macbeth is in the front lines cutting down anyone in his path. He held off Norway’s army for so long that they started to fall back, but Macbeth was not finished. When asked to report on the battle, the captain of Scotland’s army tells the king that “ brave Macbeth . . ..unseamed him [Macdonwald] from the nave to th’ chops, / And fixed his head upon our battlements” (1.2.16,22-23). Duncan is amazed to hear of what Macbeth has been doing during the war, and especially his victory over Macdonwald. When the battle is finally over and victory has fallen on Scotland, Ross, the king’s messenger, gives the king the final

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