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Macbeth and Fear

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Macbeth and Fear R.Ismail Fear motivates us to do many things no matter if they are right or wrong. In Macbeth fear was the main motivating factor and in the end fear influenced the outcome of the play. All of Macbeth's actions were done out of fear, not only fear of being caught but also fear of the witches' prophecies. He was afraid that they might be true and tried at all costs to prevent them from happening. The whole play was inspired by fear and what it can do to a person. Firstly Macbeth had just killed Duncan the King of Scotland and blamed it on his son. ...read more.

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Next Macduff refuses to accept Macbeth as king and flees to England to join Malcolm. The witches also tell him to beware of Macduff which angers him and this drives him to kill Macduff's family. More fear of losing the impending battle with England makes Macbeth start doing anything that will give him an edge in the final battle. Macbeth's fear starts to consume him and he can no longer sleep and is ravaged by guilt over what he has done. At the start Lady Macbeth was the one pushing Macbeth to kill Duncan but as the play goes on she becomes weaker as Macbeth becomes stronger. Her role in the play becomes smaller and smaller as she ends up being driven mad by the guilt and she ends up taking her own life thinking that the torment will end when she is dead. ...read more.

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Next in the cave Macbeth is told by the witches that he cannot be killed by any man born of woman which gives him confidence that whatever the English do he cannot be defeated. He is also told that he will not be defeated until the trees of Birnam Wood move towards his castle. He has put all his faith in these prophecies; what the witches say must be true because of the first prediction. In conclusion we can see what fear can do to a person, it made Macbeth mad for power which he ended up getting. But after the first of his crimes it became easier for him; he'd just order it and not think twice. All through the play his fear of being caught and of the witches prophecies drives him to do evil deeds. Fear had become the main motivating factor of the play. ...read more.

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