Morality And Death In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires. The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.” In the shakespearean prose, Macbeth, which is based in twelfth century Scotland in a war with Norway, the main character finds himself trapped in a decision that could end up the same way, yet somehow it could decide between two of his possible fates: prosperity or death. Plays like this usually include either one or more themes, or subjects of talk. Macbeth includes many themes; an example is that while power shows what is genuinely in the soul, greediness leads to destruction, and two motifs support this theme: the killing of babies/children and blood.
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Starting in Act I, a captain painted the picture of how Macbeth executed the traitor, Macdonwald, to Duncan, the King of Scotland, while describing the blood and gore accompanying descriptions of Macbeth’s sword breaking Macdonwald’s stomach flesh, slicing upward to his jawbone, and coming back out to only decapitate the traitor. Because Macbeth was a thane, this shows that he had influence, enough to be able to execute traitors. This influence eventually rose enough that he thought he should be king, and by continually pondering on whether or not to assassinate the King of Scotland and with the help of peer pressure --or in other words, his wife-- it eventually came to be. Also in Act III, Macbeth was the King of Scotland, having all of the influence of Scotland behind him, but that still didn’t comfort his uneasiness of how easy it would be for Banquo to murder him and become king because he had no sons, especially since he was afraid of the witches’ prognostication about Banquo’s descendants becoming kings even though they never told him when. That was why Macbeth sent three murderers to wipe out not only Banquo but also his son, Fleance. The murderers jumped both of them, but Fleance fled out of fear while they finished off Banquo by slitting his throat, throwing him in a ditch, and making him unrecognizable by jabbing his face twenty times. This showed Macbeth’s influence and how he could have someone killed without many people knowing. In Act IV, while Macbeth continued to still be the king, he decided to go visit the weird sisters so that he could know more about the prophecies Banquo received, and they told him three things: Beware of Macduff, no child born of a woman will hurt the king, and the king will die when the trees of Birnam move to Dunsinane. Since he was now feeling invincible because of doubts about what would honestly happen but still worrying

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