Macbeth Is a Play About Loss Essay

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‘Macbeth is a play about loss.’ – Discuss

In the tragedy Macbeth, William Shakespeare explores the theme of loss through protagonist Macbeth. At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a hero of noble stature whose fortunes are reversed as a result of weakness. He becomes overwhelmed by his tragic flaw of vaulting ambition and his own actions lead to his very nemesis. Macbeth loses his conscience after murdering King Duncan, sold his soul to the devil and loses his life to his acts of evil that doomed him. By the end of the play, Macbeth loses all his humanity and transforms into a ‘ruthless’, bloody ‘butcher’ who has changed drastically from the “noble” and “valiant” warrior he once was because he loses his human characteristics of
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Macbeth loses his soul after he turned to darkness. He could not control his urges to be King and followed his ambitions without regard to humanity or the affects his actions had on the people around him. Macbeth had given in to evil and sold his soul to the devil, hence he turned himself into a cold-blooded, merciless ‘butcher’. His mind and soul becomes corrupted by evil and he slaughters innocent people without any remorse. In fact, he tells Lady Macbeth that “things had begun make strong themselves by ill”, which means that evil deeds grow stronger with more evil deeds and he can no longer control his vaulting ambition anymore – Macbeth hiring murders to slaughter Macduff’s family after receiving prophecies to “Beware Macduff”. By giving in to evil, Macbeth has lost his last shred of humanity and morality - When Macbeth finds out Lady Macbeth committed suicide, he does not care and only selfishly thought about protecting himself, and says "she should have died hereafter", despite of the intimacy and close understanding they shared together.

Lastly, Macbeth loses his life as he himself made the choices that cemented his dreadful end. He could not resist his desire of becoming King and followed his ambitions without regard to humanity. Macbeth is eager to become king and wishes to reach his goal by any means, even if others influence this means letting him. Macbeth is fully aware of the consequences of his actions and is

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