William Shakespeare 's Macbeth : How One Decision Can Alter Life Forever

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The entire play of Macbeth is a prime example of how one decision can alter life forever. As Macbeth tries to successfully pursue his prophecies, his mind and body slowly deteriorate until he has nothing left to live for. Once he begins feeling guilty for his actions, is fearful of being caught, and driven to have total control, the motives of his mind gradually move from being thought out with reason, to will, and finally to passion. As Macbeth makes his descent into death, his passion to be king gradually takes control his whole being. At the lowest point of his existence there is no reason left inside of him. His mind is so busy and crazy that he no longer has the ability to make thoughtful and insightful decisions. He goes from being a loyal and careful servant to a deceitful and scattered ruler. Macbeth’s path into insanity begins when Macbeth first hears the witches refer to him as the “Thane of Cawdor” and reveal that he will be king. The prediction makes no sense to him and the thought that Duncan would no longer be king leaves him completely confused and fearful of the future. When he does become the Thane of Cawdor, however, he immediately wonders if his prediction could really speak the truth. Macbeth imagines the King being murdered and himself becoming king but immediately regrets this and tries to forget ever thinking of such an absurd scene. His regret for imagining this along with logic and reason force him to decide that if the prophecies are meant to…

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