Macbeth

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The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth is a play written in the 16th century by William Shakespeare. Since then, this play has been argued to have different causes for the maincharacter’s outcome. Some people, like me, argue that Macbeth’s decisions are what lead the play to end the way it does; other people argue that his predetermined fate was the cause. When people read The Tragedyof Macbeth they are left wondering how a man who was loved and appreciated by the King and his followers makes this complete change into a man that everybody wants to kill.
The element of choice isseen since the beginning of the play. Macbeth was very doubtful of whether or not he should kill King Duncan. We can see this when Macbeth tells his wife: “We will proceed no further in this business/He hath honour'd me of late; and I have bought/ Golden opinions from all sorts of people,/ Which would be worn now in their newest gloss,/Not cast aside so soon” (i.vii.30-34). After this LadyMacbeth calls Macbeth a coward he changes his mind and decides to go along with the plan. Macbeth makes the choice to prove to his wife that he is no coward, thus he kills King Duncan.
Secondly, Macbeth’semotions played a huge deal in the play. Due to his anger and ambition he knew he had to choose to kill in order to become king. When Macbeth received the news that King Duncan had named Malcolm thePrince of Cumberland he was angered and disappointed. He knew what he had to do. Macbeth says to himself:
The Prince of Cumberland! that is a step
On which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,
Forin my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;
Let not light see my black and deep desires:
The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be,
Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.
(I.iv.47-53)In this quote Macbeth contradicts himself. In the beginning of the play he is decided to sit back and let the witches prophecy come true on its own but now he knows he has to do something in order...
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