Macbeth5 Essay

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In this play Macbeth portrays a man in position doing the usual, searching for more power.
Macbeth is a young prosperous, ambitious man that is out to fulfill a prophecy. Maybe he
is a little too ambitious. At first he wasn’t the murderous type. His wife Lady
Macbeth was pretty much behind the whole thing. She convinced him that he should kill
King Duncan so he could claim the throne. It might be his character but it doesn’t
truly come out till he has Banquo killed. It appears that he doesn’t really care
what happens to his friends.

He first kills King Duncan and then to cover up his crime he must lower himself even more
to kill his close friend Banquo. It makes no sense how someone could possibly kill
someone close to them just because they might threaten your position and power in the

One question that comes to mind is that if Lady Macbeth hadn’t been there would
Macbeth have committed the murders. She had a lot of influence in this man. For someone
to murder somebody because they were told to would be blind obedience and they are still
responsible no matter what. All the killing must get to Macbeth in some way or another.
Macbeth seems like a good person but he is driven by power and wealth pretty much like
most people in the world now days.

In this can be seen the downward cycle of his life into destruction due to his lack of
character. Instead of being driven on conviction he was driven by power, wealth, and the
influence of evil people around him.

Macbeth who started out to be a man of honor and integrity was destroyed and corrupted by
his major flaw ambition and influenced deeply by his wife Lady Macbeth. Even though he
ends up conscience-stricken he ends up in utter degradation in order to cover up his sins.

This section talks about the effects drinking has on a person.
Macduff: What three things does drink especially pro-
Porter: Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes and
unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance: therefore much
drink may be said to be an equivocator with lechery: it makes him and it mars him; it sets
him on and it takes him off; it persuades him and disheartens him; makes him stand to and
not stand to; in conclusion, equivocates him in a sleep, and giving him the lie, leaves

This section is basically telling some different things that can happen to you when you
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