Soliloquies And Actions In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Often, a tragic hero’s fall from grace is triggered by one decision that sends them tumbling down to their inevitable fate. One choice leans to another and before long, it is too late to turn back. In the tragic play, Macbeth written by William Shakespeare, Macbeth starts as an honorable hero who slowly transforms into a ruthless villain as he fights for a secure position as King. When comparing Macbeth 's initial actions and motives to some of his last, the transformation is evident. Macbeth’s soliloquies provide insight into his thought processes behind each murder he commits. One of these soliloquies, found in Act I Scene 7, shows Macbeth’s internal struggle as he considers murdering the king. In contrast, his thoughts in Act IV Scene 1 reveal a rash decision made to kill the innocent. These two soliloquies show the drastic change in Macbeth’s worldview over the course of the play, as he approaches two murders completely differently.
Early in the play, Macbeth wrestles with his desire to be king of Scotland, as it was predicted for him by three witches. In order to achieve this, he must kill the current king, Duncan. The audience sees him process this in Act I, Scene 7 in a soliloquy that revealed his inner battle. Macbeth is weary and confused by the conflict between his morals and his desires. In the first half of his
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His rash decision to kill Macduff’s family, which resulted in his defeat, warns the audience the importance of considering consequences, even when it doesn’t seem to be worth it. As Macbeth falls from his conquest, so does his rationality and reason, leaving a trail of dead behind him, all because of his temptation by witches prophecies. In the end, right before his death, Macbeth’s worldview stooped even lower than when he had begun. His one choice to murder Duncan proved to be the beginning of the end for

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