Analysis Of ' Macbeth ' By William Shakespeare Essay

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In the play Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses the idea of equivocation to show how everything in the play is not what it appears to be. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is seen as the holy grail who has the complete trust of the entire kingdom of Scotland, but by the end of the play he is seen as a tyrannical ruler who has destroyed Scotland. Macbeth’s character is influenced greatly because of the witches’ prophecies these foretellings were vague and ambiguous which caused Macbeth to go against his morals and turn wicked. Macbeth first encountered the witches with Banquo, the witches foretold that Macbeth would be Thane of Cawdor then rise to become the new king. Furthermore, the witches try to destroy Macbeth by filling him with overconfidence by telling him things such as he will not be defeated until Birnam Wood moves toward Dunsinane Hill. Also, the witches prophesied that no man born of woman can harm Macbeth. All three of these passages are ambiguous and fill Macbeth with confidence and ultimately led to committing immoral acts; because of this Macbeth was tricked for not understanding the double meaning of these passages. Macbeth was loyal to the kingdom of Scotland, but after the witches prophesied “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter” (Shakespeare 1.3.52), Macbeth was over thinking too much about how he would become king. Macbeth did not comprehend the ambiguity of this passage; Macbeth did not know if he could become king rightfully.…

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