William Shakespeare 's Macbeth - Hubris And Is Influenced By Classical Greek And Christian Ideas

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William Shakespeare is the author of the novel Macbeth. Macbeth focuses heavily on hubris and is influenced by classical Greek and Christian ideas. The novel conveys that hubris often leads to tragedy, but there are chances to prevent or overcome tragedies. Macbeth’s actions to become king and sustain his crown support this. In the beginning of the novel hubris takes over and a tragedy occurs. Macbeth stubbles upon three witches that tell him that he will become Thane of Crowder and king. Shortly after their profacy Mabeth becomes Thane of Crowder, and he begin thinking about murdering King Duncan in order to take the crown. He says, “ My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smothered in surmise, and nothing is but what is not” (1.3. 141-145). The thought of murdering Duncan consumes him. Eventhough everything is merely a fantasy, he is apalled with himself. His best friend Banquo also lets him know that it is best to ignore the witches, because they seem evil. Macbeth’s thoughts and Banquo’s advice are examples of Christian influenced ideas of hubris. They provide a chance for Macbeth to prevent a tragedy. If he listens to his own thoughts or Banquo’s advice it is not likely that he would go through with the murder of Duncan. Macbeth shares his fears about murdering Duncan with his wife Lady Macbeth. She says, “ Yet do I fear thy nature is to full of the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way” (1.5. 4-5).…

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