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Macbeth Essay

  • Submitted by: Minotti
  • on December 11, 2008
  • Category: English
  • Length: 760 words

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The tragedy of Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare.   It is about a man names Macbeth who becomes a noble man and then the king of Scotland.   He meats with three witches that tell him about his fate and that he will be the king of Scotland.   In order to become king, Macbeth will have to kill the king himself. He does that with the aid of his evil wife Lady Macbeth. She plotted the murder, and she made most of the decisions, but forced her husband to carry them out.   Macbeth visits the tri of witches again and they tell him that his friend's son will be the king.   The witches also tell Macbeth that he has to fear no one because their prophecies seemed impossible.   Lady Macbeth and Macbeth plan to hire murders to kill Fleance and his father Banquo.   The murders only manage to kill Banquo and Fleance escapes.   A nobleman then kills Macbeth and the throne is restored to the King's sons. Lady Macbeth commits suicide because she felt guilty about the killings.
Macbeth is a weak character and is indecisive.   He doesn't accept responsibility for his actions and that leads him to killing more innocent people than he has to. Macbeth's only strong point is compassion.   On the other hand, Lady Macbeth the decisive one because she planned the king's death.   She is compassionate in some ways, but not as much as Macbeth. Moreover, lady Macbeth accepts responsibility for her actions.   Lady Macbeth is more fit to become a leader because she accepts responsibility for her actions, is decisive, and has some compassion.
Macbeth is not as decisive as Lady Macbeth. He wasn't able to plan the murder of the king: he was forced to obey his wife into killing the king because Lady Macbeth insulted his manhood and told him that she couldn't kill the king herself because he "resembled [my] father" (2,2 11).   Macbeth made a mistake when killing the king and wasn't able to think of a way to cover it up. Lady Macbeth would excel in this category.   She made all the important...

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