Consequences And Consequences In Macbeth

Actions Consequences and Death
It was once said that, “The consequences of the choices you make can change your life in a blink of an eye, be sure of what you do before you do it, sometimes it can’t be undone.” This is evident in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In this play, Macbeth is incredibly thirsty for power. He proceeds to commit horrific deeds to get what he wants and refuses to stop at any lengths. This intense craving for power eventually begins to cause tremendous affects to Macbeth’s mental stability. This made the people of Scotland question his sanity. Furthermore, Macbeth goes to act solely based off of the prophecies and apparitions he receives; which seals the deal on his fate. Except, all this did was lead Macbeth to his own death.
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He states that he thought he heard a voice say he murdered sleep (“Methought, I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more! / Macbeth does murder sleep”’). When he says this metaphor, it shows that the guilt he is experiencing is so severe, that he will be unable to sleep (“Macbeth does murder sleep”). He proceeds to talk about how sleep helps heal the person (“Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care”, representing that the guilt from murdering Duncan is so horrid, he might never be able to recover from it. After murdering Duncan, Macbeth goes ahead to kill his next victim; Banquo. Despite his previous episode, he creates a plan to murder Banquo and his son, Fleance. In Act 3, Scene 4, Macbeth holds a banquet. At the beginning of the scene he is informed that Banquo has been murdered. Later on during the banquet, he begins to see the ghost of Banquo: “Prithee, see there! behold! look! lo! how say you? / Why, what care I? If thou canst nod, speak too”. (III.iv. 83-84) This shows that Macbeth is feeling tremendously guilty about the murder of his best friend. When he sees the ghost, he is confused because nobody else sees it. He begins to yell and point at the ghost (“Prithee, see there! behold! look!”). This shows that Macbeth is beginning to have hallucinations of his dead victim. In conclusion, the murders Macbeth commits in the play, affect him greatly, and despite the traumatic consequences …show more content…
Each time he has a choice between acting on them and ignoring them. Both times when Macbeth receives these prophecies, he decides to act on them which eventually lead to his own death. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth and Banquo are on their way to Forres. On their way there, they come across three witches who give Macbeth three prophecies; that he shall be Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and King of Scotland. It is not long after until he receives the title, Thane of Cawdor. Since he realizes that the prophecies are accurate, he begins to think about murdering Duncan, the current king. Macbeth goes through with his plan in Act 2, Scene 2, of the play where he states, “I have done the deed”. (II.ii.19) Instead of choosing to ignore what the three witches prophesized, he chose to take matters into his own hands and murder the king. When he was given these prophecies, he had a choice to make; ignore the witches and let fate control what will happen, or take matter into his own hands. By choosing to act of the prophecies and kill the king, he contributes to his own death which we see later on in the play. A few acts later, Macbeth returns to the witches and demands answers for his questions. The three witches then show Macbeth three apparitions; that he should fear Macduff, that nobody born from a woman shall harm Macbeth, and that he is safe until Birnum Wood comes to Dunsinane. Macbeth then decides to

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