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Macbeth, had many possible choices he could have made in regard to the many murders that were committed throughout the course of the play

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IB Lit and Language 27th October 2011 Condemned to Choose Every human being is free to choose his or her own actions and intentions. Every person must determine their own values and make choices. Even if one chooses not to decide, they have in fact, made a decision. Every person is condemned to make choices. Even though we are free to make our own choices, we are also held accountable for our choices. Macbeth, from Shakespeare?s Macbeth, had many possible choices he could have made in regard to the many murders that were committed throughout the course of the play. Macbeth allows himself to be persuaded to murder, he ignores his morals and purposely looses touch of humanity, and puts his own thirst for power above everything else. He is responsible for his decisions and is therefore morally responsible for the murders in the play as he. Initially, Macbeth refuses to kill Duncan, due to his own moral reasoning, but he allows himself to be persuaded by Lady Macbeth. Macbeth starts off by talking to himself about the kinds of precedents he will be setting if he follows through with the murder and he explores the repercussions of the plan if it is put in action. ...read more.


Even though he expresses concerns with the plan, he allows himself to be reassured by Lady Macbeth (1.7.58-78), and he allowed Lady Macbeth to corrupt his moral standards with her ideas of what men should do (1.7.36-60). After this discussion of social standards and morality, Macbeth decides to ?bend up each corporal agent to this terrible feat? (1.7.79-80). Macbeth continually ignores his own code of ethics, and in the end loses his touch with humanity, especially when faced with a tough decision. For example, before killing Duncan, Macbeth argues with himself about what kind of precedent he will set, and how in the end, justice will punish him (1.7.7-12) and how he only ?Dare(s) do all that becomes a man; who dares does more is none?. Yet he still kills Duncan. He decides to kill Duncan despite his own set of ethics, that he loses his touch with humanity. This is reflected in many of his future decisions. Prior to making the decision to kill Macduff?s wife, children, and servants, Macbeth decides to act so ?the very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand.? (4.2.153-154) ...read more.


He does not care that many people will also be killed in this battle. He only cares about himself. Instead of surrendering, battles to the death. Everyone is held accountable for their actions and the consequences of their actions. Macbeth agreed to kill Duncan. Macbeth decided to have Banquo and Fleance killed. Macbeth decided to have Macduff?s wife, children, and servants killed. Lastly Macbeth is the one who decided to die in a battle instead of surrendering, and preventing the loss of many lives. Macbeth committed all of the murders, and he cannot be allowed to push his responsibility onto Lady Macbeth or something as nebulous as fate. Macbeth demonstrates a lack of humanity, forethought, and morality; therefore, Macbeth is ultimately responsible for the murders in this play. All humans have the option to make ethical and moral decisions. They must choose to do so. Every person must be held accountable, for his or her decisions, ethical and unethical. ?Man is condemned to be free. Condemned, because he did not create himself, yet, in other respects is free; because, once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. ...read more.

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