Macbeths True Colours

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There are events that occur in a person’s life that can change them forever. The choices someone makes when they are faced with a difficult situation can affect not only what they do but can also alter who they are. In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, the decisions Macbeth makes reveal his true nature and change him from a loyal, respected general to a power-hungry, bloodthirsty maniac. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is a courageous soldier who is fiercely loyal to his king and his country. After the witches reveal their prophecies, his ambition comes out and he thinks about killing Duncan but his conscience stops him. The only reason he kills the king is because Lady Macbeth pressures him into doing it. She is just as power-hungry as... View More »

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The promise of power tempts him to go against the man he swears to protect. Macbeth’s ambitious nature is revealed but his inaction shows he still has a conscience because he feels guilty for having these evil thoughts. He decides he will let nature take its course, “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me/Without my stir.”(I, iii, 154-155). He is able to resist his evil impulses, but when Duncan announces that Malcolm
is the Prince of Cumberland and therefore is next in line for the throne, Macbeth once again spirals into thoughts of murder. Malcolm now poses a threat to Macbeth’s quest for power so he needs to get rid of him,” Stars hide your fires; / Let not light see my black and dark desires:” (I, iv, 57-58). Macbeth knows his thoughts are evil but he is obsessed with the promise of power. The witches’ prophecy unleashes Macbeth’s dark side. He is no longer Duncan’s noble and faithful servant. His desire for personal greatness and obsession with gaining power overshadow his morals and cause him to consider betrayal and murder.
Macbeth thinks about murdering Duncan to get the throne but so far his conscience has kept him in check. When he sees Lady Macbeth, he tells her that he will not take matters into his own hands, “We will proceed no further in this business.”(I, vii, 33). He is trying to stand up to his wife and control the situation but she is cold and calculating and just as power-hungry as him. She anticipates that she will have to pressure him into murdering Duncan because he is weak, “Art not without ambition, but without/The illness ...

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