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The play Macbeth is plagued with murder, deceit, and desire for power.

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Cristina Hall December 18, 2002 Literature: Block C Macbeth Essay The play Macbeth is plagued with murder, deceit, and desire for power. As Macbeth eliminates many of people who trusted him most, the question is raised whether or not Macbeth was at blame for his actions or was he merely controlled by the will of the three wicked sisters? In the argument made by the acclaimed critic Harold Bloom, Macbeth was controlled and used as nothing more than a puppet of the witches. In contrast, Macbeth, had listened to the advice and warnings of the three witches, but when the time comes for a decision to be made, Macbeth is in control of his actions. The first example of Macbeth acting according to his own free will is seen in Act II, scene 2, when Macbeth goes through with the murder of Duncan. In Act I of the play the witches tell Macbeth that he will be king. ...read more.

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After giving much thought of murder and the (short-term) benefits of becoming king, Macbeth becomes nervous after Malcolm is declared heir to the throne. He wishes for the witches prophesy to come true, but his own apprehension causes him to take action. While actually committing the crime, Macbeth is in a haze. After the first murder and power has been given to him, things become clearer to Macbeth and his decisions become more forceful and impulsive. The second example of action with planning comes shortly after the death of Duncan, when Banqo becomes highly suspect of Macbeth and his intentions. Because of Banqo's waver of loyalty, Macbeth hires two murderers to kill Banqo and his son. Unlike the other two murders the witches gave no warning that Banqo would be an interference; only that his crown was fruitful. When Macbeth talks to the murderers of Banqo, his mind is once again thrown into haze as he speaks, "Know Banqo was your enemy... ...read more.

Conclusion

Macbeth! Macbeth... Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn The pow'r or man, for none of woman born Shall harm Macbeth" (lines 77-81). These words were meant to make Macbeth feel invincible and as though he could not be challenged. There is no reason in Macbeth's next choice of action, which was to kill Macduff's family. Harold Bloom brings light into this when he says, "Macbeth has the authority to speak for his play and his world, as for his self. In Macbeth's time there is no hereafter, in any world" (Bloom, 541). The quote supports the idea that Macbeth is making conscience choices, but he fears nothing. The witches only helped him make this realization, but Macbeth's own want for power made him corrupt irrational. As the play progresses, Macbeth grows dependant on the witches advice and prophecies. Rather than arbitrarily running into them, Act I, he summons them and demands answers, Act IV. Every time they meet, Macbeth listens to their advice, and interpretations of what they say are entirely up to him. Ideas are planted, but all the choices, rational or irrational, were made by Macbeth. ...read more.

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