The Tragedy Of William Shakespeare 's Macbeth

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Brodi Ashton said, “heroes are made by the paths they choose, not the powers they are graced with.” Fate is an irrevocable concept that does not rest in the hands of mankind. Macbeth believes that fate is the only thing responsible for his downfall, but he forgets that the witches were never controlling him. Throughout the duration of the play, Macbeth essentially drowns in his sins, so plentiful that he himself loses count. No matter what he did, he did not want to take responsibility. He blames it on the prophecy, when it is, and always has been, his own hand committing the crime. The witches never explicitly tell Macbeth to kill the King, but he considers it almost immediately, and ends up following through with the idea. Macbeth is…show more content…
No matter she says best herself, “(Macbeth’s nature) is too full o ' th ' milk of human kindness” (I.iv.15), which is true in any case, Macbeth has the ability to decline her wishes, regardless of how kind he is. But Macbeth wants not only to please his wife, but to please his ego, as well to gain power and fame- even if it means killing his childhood friend and trusted ally. If he did not desire to kill the King from the depths of his heart, he would not have. The one who desires power most outwardly and brought out bloodthirsty behaviour in Macbeth most violently is Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth influences him by challenging his masculinity and manipulating his emotions. Macbeth is aware that his thoughts of wanting to kill Duncan are perverse, thus, he fights them; but Lady Macbeth pushes him further. Shakespeare initially teaches us to despise this woman, that she is the cause of the protagonist’s downfall. But it is Macbeth who is willing to kill for power; not solely his wife. Macbeth has the ability to say no to the witches, to his wife, and to himself. But he does not. For instance, the Devil proposed to Adam and Eve to eat the cursed apple, but they themselves were the gullible to listen, to disobey, and to pick the fruit off the tree. Macbeth, once coaxed, immediately gave into his own temptation. “I have no spur, To prick the sides of my intent, but only, Vaulting ambition, which o 'erleaps itself, And falls on the other”
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