William Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth ' Essay

1092 Words Jan 8th, 2016 5 Pages
Macbeth Pushing Forward In the play “Macbeth” written by William Shakespeare, Macbeth is a character who develops and keeps the plot moving forward. He’s driven to become the king no matter how he gets there, either it’s by lying, being selfish, or by killing, also he’s following and believing in the guidance of the mischievous witches. An example as to how Macbeth rises to power is that he has to decide if he wants to follow his thoughts of taking out the king and the next in line of the thrown or to not do anything. In Act one Scene four, Macbeth is talking to King Duncan who announces the Prince of Cumberland. Macbeth thinks to himself, “The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step On which I must fall down or else o`erleap,” (I, iv, 55-56). Macbeth is saying that he will either have to back down from his goal, which is to be king o he has to surpass the Prince of Cumberland with any means possible. This shows that Macbeth will have people in his way to becoming king and that he will do anything to become king. Another example as to how Macbeth rises to power is by how Macbeth can lie to those he supposedly trusts. In Act two Scene three, King Duncans’ body had been discovered by Macduff, who is one of the Thanes appointed by the king, everyone at Macbeth`s home is discussing the horrible crime and it’s culprit. Macbeth shares, “Who can be wise, amazed, temp`rate, and furious, Loyal, and neutral, in a moment? No man,” (II, iii, 127-128). Macbeth is saying that there is no…

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