The Importance Of Temptation In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Temptation is the act of tempting or the condition of being tempted. The world has an abundance of both good and evil, and often we are told to resist the temptation to convey evil actions. However, it is the influences that surround us that can easily persuade us to carry out deeds that are against our own beliefs, values, and morals. In William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the main character is a respected, righteous, and loyal noble of Scotland, who takes a turn for worse when he begins to listen to the opinions of people around him. Thus proving, he is not entirely accountable for his preposterous actions. The influences of Macbeth’s significant other, the witches, and his own mind direct him into a path of no redemption. Even though loved ones …show more content…
The three witches introduced ideas that lead to the death of Duncan and obliteration of Macbeth. They claim he will be Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and King of Scotland. Macbeth welcomes the prophecies, yet questions where the witches receive this information from, asking them: “Say from whence you owe this strange intelligence, or why upon this blasted heath you stop our way with such a prophetic greeting? Speak, I charge you” (Shakespeare 1.3.73-76). He wants them to stay because he does not understand how he can be Thane of Cawdor when the individual is still alive. In true fashion, the witches vanish, leaving Macbeth confused. The witches intended to confuse him, as Macbeth had just returned from a battle. As the man was vulnerable and distraught after, the witches decided it would be a perfect opportunity to tell Macbeth of his prophecies. However, when another of his prophecies come true, he takes it as a sign. He believes in fate, as he states to Banquo, “Whose horrid image doth unfix my air and make my seated heart knock at my ribs against the use of nature?” (Shakespeare 1.3.134-136). He feels conflicted, because he does not understand how these predictions are coming true and are going against fate. Suddenly, he realizes the bigger picture. He becomes obsessed with the concept of being king, as he says to Banquo, “My thought, whose murder yet is …show more content…
Due to this, he is lead to believe he must continue his actions to prevent anyone from finding out what he has done. He creates his own misery when he is driven by the guilt of his actions. He starts to feel insecure about them, which only leads to him committing more murders. In the beginning, Macbeth feels extremely guilty about the murder of Duncan, but then later becomes quite paranoid. Banquo, a friend of Macbeth, decides to run away with his son (Fleanece) just before a feast at Macbeth’s castle. He knows Macbeth killed Duncan, and that he definitely did not earn the throne in fair manner. Macbeth is mostly afraid of Banquo’s son of becoming king. If he does become king, it means the Macbeth will not carry the tradition of his sons continuing the throne. He soon hires 2 murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance. In fact, he appoints a 3rd murderer because he is that apprehensive. This is evidence that he has the guilty mind. Macbeth is too afraid of becoming exposed of his actions, he makes sure to hire another person just to ease him out of his nervousness. When it is revealed to Macbeth that Banquo was murdered and Fleance escaped. He is overwhelmed and put into a state of panic; “Then comes my fit again: I had else been perfect whole as a marble, founded as the rock, as broad and general as the casing air: But now I am cabin’d, cribb’d,

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