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macbeth's state of mind while going to kill duncan

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Macbeth?s state of mind as he went to kill the king. Knowledge is power yet mankind is not any closer to figuring the enigma that is life or the entity that is the human mind or the ambiguous soul given the information we now possess. Macbeth is a decorated war hero who comes to commit regicide under the cloak of his ambitious wife challenging his manhood, the half-truth prophecies of beady-eyed witches for a shield and a dagger thickly coated with unadulterated ambition. Shakespeare?s motives of writing the play may be numerous but it does put forward the question; how far are you willing to go to achieve your deepest, darkest desires, that is, if they are ever realized? The killing of King Duncan is the apex of Macbeth?s fall from grace, a downward spiral to a taunted mind and inflating insecurities on his pedestal of power. It is what he wanted, right? I will explore Shakespeare?s use of language, plot and other characters to vividly portray Macbeth?s final hour of humanity. ...read more.

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His hopes for the imminent future are further shown when he refers to them as a ?swelling act of imperial theme? meaning he is bound to become King someday. In this statement, Shakespeare seems to be making an analogy between Macbeth?s life and a book which usually has a prologue preceding the story to give some background to the story or foreshadow coming events. This shows that Macbeth is envisioning the enjoyment of fruits he has not labored for, whetting his appetite. However his train of thought is interpreted by reality. He becomes disoriented with the thoughts that cloud his plane of imagination when he says, ?If good (the supernatural soliciting), why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair, and make my seated heart knock at my ribs against the use of nature?? He realizes what he may have to do to achieve his goal; an act that is nature?s abomination making his own body react at the very thought; the unfixing of his hair-getting goosebumps-and the unnatural rhythm of his heart are both signs of an anxious or fearful person. ...read more.

Conclusion

This blow to his manhood is the final push that drives him to kill Duncan. In a fleeting moment the nature and consequence of the act and ambition are forgotten in order to cater for the idea of proving to either himself or Lady Macbeth that he can against his better judgment. This is the availing of opportunity at its best. Shakespeare clearly conveys Macbeth?s turning point by creatively using language, structure of the plot and the aid of other characters. The witches unveil the idea, Macbeth has the ambition, Malcolm?s naming as future King provides the push and Lady Macbeth further fans the fire to an inferno. Shakespeare shows that humans need both the supernatural and human (internal or external) factors to facilitate the occurrence of a sin or evil. Which begs the question, is Macbeth responsible for Duncan?s death? If so, are we humans evil by nature or is it socially or culturally premeditated? And if it is cultured and not innate, the what makes an act good or bad? Is it the consequence suffered for it or the outcome intended? BY: SYLVIA WANJOHI ...read more.

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