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macbeth Essay

  • Submitted by: love2myfriends
  • on December 16, 2008
  • Category: Shakespeare
  • Length: 1,324 words

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Emotions Overpowering Affect

Why is it that humans let out emotions get the better of us and basically restrict our free will? In his play, Macbeth, Shakespeare writes about a character, Macbeth, coming to power through the vile act of murder enticed to him by his wife. Sinful actions have been connected with being overwhelmed emotionally several times throughout the play. There comes a point when a free willed decision can cause certain consequences whether bad or good and one can be judged on how they deal with the result. Some may try to fix the problem and put it behind them while others get too caught up and cannot stop their actions anymore for it is needed to keep them safe. Macbeth makes many decisions throughout the play that if dealt with correctly, would have saved him much heartache and guilt. It is possible to see Macbeth losing control and start to make some of his evil choices solely based on overflowing emotions forcing the actions.  
Macbeth was shown as “in control” in the beginning but slowly starts taking rationalized unexplainable actions after he first meets with the witches. Macbeth does not believe the witches’ predictions until he does become Thane of Cawdor; then he begins to contemplate if the rest will become true as well. Here Macbeth’s emotions first start taking over and being the foremost factor on why he does the evil actions. His wife succumbs to this quite a bit quicker than Macbeth does because she was less restrictive, morality wise, on her free will. After Lady Macbeth heard the witches’ prophecy she believed that Macbeth deserved to be king and should do anything to become it, including murder. “Still it cried 'Sleep no more!' to all the house: 'Glamis hath murder'd sleep, and therefore Cawdor shall sleep no more; Macbeth shall sleep no more.'” (Shakespeare 2.2. 53-55). Even though Macbeth chose to murder Duncan, he first shows guilt and regret for it when telling his wife of the voices he heard after killing Duncan. He...

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