Macbeth As A Tyrant

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When Macbeth is first introduced, he is talked about with only the highest respect and honour, but as the story progresses this quickly changes. In William Shakespeare 's The Tragedy of Macbeth words of praise devolve into words of hatred and spite. Through out the play Macbeth 's esteem and pride are used against him, pushing him into committing evil acts. While he can be considered a bloody tyrant, he is not to blame for his actions as he 's merely an unknowing pawn of evil forces.

Firstly, Lady Macbeth takes advantage of Macbeth 's ego and masculinity to twist him into going down the path she wishes him to. Macbeth is having second thoughts about committing the treacherous act of assassinating the King, and when he does Lady Macbeth is
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Becoming the single entity ruling an entire nation is not a simple nor easy task, the same can be said about staying in such an exalted position. The honour and prestige that come with becoming King are enormous but so are the burdens; especially when using the methods Macbeth used. The pressure that Macbeth felt once he became King were simply too great. An example of this can be found shortly after he takes the throne. He and his wife are planning a banquet for later on in the evening, but before the banquet Macbeth reveals that "the affliction of [the] terrible dreams, That shake [them] nightly. Better be with the dead" (3.2.21-22). He admits to the mental anguish he has been enduring and the sleep depravation that has come along with it. It is quite clear from this passage that Macbeth is not mentally well, but has gone too far to stop. To give up the role as King now, would be the ultimate disgrace to Macbeth 's glory. Yet again proving this, as an army of men marches towards his castle - which at the moment he believes to be impenetrable - he says "I have almost forgot the taste of fears. The time has been my senses would have cooled, To hear a night-shriek" (5.5.10-12). The shriek he is referring to is soon revealed to him to be the sound of Lady Macbeth dying. He has gone through so much torment that now, not even the death of …show more content…
The witches plant the seed of dissent into Macbeth 's head, propelling him onto a avenue of despair. Within their first introduction to Macbeth - while he and Banquo are on their way back from battle - they prove their divine powers almost instantly. The second witch tells Macbeth " All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!" (1.3.51-52) announcing the title in which Macbeth had been unknowingly granted due to his heroic efforts in battle. Shortly after Ross and Angus appear confirming what the witches said was in fact the truth. From this point on in Macbeth mind the witches powers are absolute and every prophecy they make is as good as done. But foretelling Macbeth becoming the Thane of Cawdor is not the only thing they do, they also tell him "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!" (1.3.53) now proclaiming he will also become the King. With the strength of their magic already proved to Macbeth, to him if the witches say he will become King, he will become King. The natural progression of this idea is that in order for a new King to take the throne the old one must die. To Macbeth, Duncan 's death is already settled, whether it 's by his hands or not. He cannot be blamed for taking actions that in his mind were bound to happen either

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