The Tragedy Of Macbeth By William Shakespeare Essay

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The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare has characters which cycle between their ups and downs in a cyclical pattern. The main character, Macbeth, is the biggest example of this pattern. Throughout the play, the audience experiences Macbeth 's rise to power and then his quick fall. During his rise, Macbeth has two monologues that show his real colors. In his first monologue (I, 7, 1-29), he seems to be a confused man, not knowing whether to follow his desires or morals. But in his next monologue, only one scene later (II, 1, 42-77), he suddenly made an irrational decision to follow a desire on a prophecy that may or may not come true.

In Act I, Scene VII, Lines 1-29, Macbeth is confused between what he wants, his desires, and what is right, his morals. Macbeth 's clearly states his desires in his monologue. The biggest thing that Macbeth wants is to be king. In lines 16-19, he uses personification to say that even though he wants to be king, Duncan is good at what he does. Also, Macbeth wouldn 't know what he would do as king because he has had no past experience. Secondly, if Macbeth wants to be king, he would have to either kill Duncan or get somebody else to kill him. In lines 8-10 Macbeth says: "...but teach / Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return / To plague th ' inventor." What he means by that line is that, if he kills the king then when he is king people might think that it is okay to kill him. This is one of the only times that we see Macbeth…

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