The Danger Of Desire : Macbeth Essay

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The Danger of Desire: a Macbeth Essay
In William Shakespeare 's play, Macbeth, the protagonist, Macbeth, is introduced to the audience as a valiant soldier whose loyalty is solely dedicated to King Duncan of Scotland. Macbeth is bestowed by his fellow soldiers as, “valor’s minion,”(1.2.19) a bold and determined soldier. However, when Macbeth is visited by three fiend witches, they present him with an ambitious prophecy which influences Macbeth’s future actions in attempt to fulfill his prophesied future. The witches tell him that he soon will rise from title of Thane of Glamis, and is going to be promoted to Thane of Cawdor, “and shalt be king hereafter!” (1.3.49-51). Through his desire to retain his newly gained power, Macbeth transforms from a valiant, loyal soldier to a vicious tyrannical leader who seeks to leave an impact on Scotland after his reign.

After recent promotion from Thane of Cawdor to Thane of Glamis, Macbeth is inspired by the reality of the prophecy presented to him by the witches, which drives to fulfill his prophecy. Macbeth’s hidden evil intentions are revealed after King Duncan name’s his son the heir to his throne, which angers Macbeth because his prophecy told him that he was to become king soon in the future. Macbeth says aside, “Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires” (1.4.50-51). Macbeth also mentions that the thought of murder is yet but a fantasy which, “shakes so single state of man that function is smothered in…

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