Essay On Trust In Macbeth

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Terrible Trust

(Posing a Solution to the Issues of Trust in Macbeth)

William Shakespeare wrote many brilliant plays during his time. To this day we still teach them in schools, from his comedies to his tragedies and even his historical plays as well. Of course, one of the most recognizable plays and one of the most notable of his tragedies is Macbeth. It is this play that has many themes and ways of taking and learning from the story. It is during this play that Macbeth, and greedy man who wants power, takes things a little too far. He seems to deceive all that trust him and eventually, bring his downfall upon himself. As he strives for power, he takes down the people who love him and trust him the most, posing an issue with the matter
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This is such a huge part in the play in which Macbeth deceives the trust in someone else simply because he had just been honored by King Duncan himself. Macbeth had proved to be so loyal to him when he fought the battle and cut the bad guy from belly button to the throat because he had been trying to take over King Duncan. Therefore, Duncan said he trusted Macbeth because he had saved his life and put his own in danger just to do so. However, as this trust towards Macbeth grows, Macbeth begins to plan against the king to gain the power that the prophecy of the witches. At first Macbeth doesn 't seem to want to do it, but after much convincing of his wife and the fact that she won 't do it herself, he finally gives in. "We learn that Lady Macbeth was to have killed the King but the King 's resemblance to her father stopped her. Macbeth announces that he has "done the deed" (Line 15) and asking if she heard, she replies only that she heard an owl scream and a cricket cry," (Macbeth Commentary). This quote clearly states that Macbeth was the one that ultimately went into the room as Duncan slept and, "did the deed," so to speak and kill him. His wife had been pushing him to do so so that they could make him …show more content…
He leaves in a sense of good character, thinking that if Macbeth did show up at their home that if he wasn 't there he wouldn 't hurt his family. However, what he didn 't realize was Macbeth had gone so far as to kill whoever he needed to get at certain people or to simply make sure they weren 't in his way. It is Lady Macduff who considers her husband to have ruined the trust that they had because she was afraid of being left alone without his protection. It is in this moment that she even ends up calling her husband a traitor while she is speaking to her son. This is said in act four scene two of the play in lines 44 her son asks, "Was my father a traitor, mother?" Lady Macbeth answers in line 45, "Ay, that he was." This shows right there that she thought lowly of her husband. She goes on later to say in line 47 of the same scene, "Why, one that swears and lies." These words are perfect text examples of the way she thought of her husband and ruining the trust that she had in him. The author of the website (Act Four Scene Two) interprets what Lady Macduff felt of her husband leaving, "Her metaphor shows that she knows that Macduff, by himself, wouldn 't have much of a chance against Macbeth and all the powers a king can command. In such a fight Macduff would be the wren and Macbeth the owl, the bird of night at her and death. Even so, she 's angry with her

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