Essay on Macbeth

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Describe a powerful event in the text.
Explain why it was powerful.

In Macbeth by William Shakespeare, a powerful event is when Macbeth kills King Duncan. It is a powerful event because it brings about Macbeth’s ambition, it illustrates the beginning of his demise and it is the start of Lady Macbeth’s fall from grace.

Macbeth’s killing of King Duncan is a powerful event because it brings about Macbeth’s ambition. Macbeth kills King Duncan because he wants to become king. Malcolm, King Duncan’s son, still stood in Macbeth’s way. Macbeth’s ambition to become king leads him to plot against Malcolm in order to achieve his goal. Macbeth is “…like th’innocent flower, / But be the serpent under’t” (Act 1, Scene 6, LL 64-65, Lady Macbeth) because he uses his noble and loyal personality to hide his ambition to become king. After the announcement of King Duncan’s murder, Macbeth is not suspected of the act. Instead, he is pronounced king. This powerful event develops Macbeth’s character, allowing the audience to see that Macbeth’s ambition has no limits. Macbeth will do anything that will help his wellbeing and his aspiration to become king, no matter what costs occur.

The event of Macbeth killing King Duncan is powerful because it illustrates the beginning of Macbeth’s demise. When Macbeth kills King Duncan, it is the starting point at which Macbeth becomes greedy for more power thus beginning the transition from good to evil. In the play, Banquo passes the comment “thou hast it now, King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, / As the weird women promis’d, and I fear / Thou played’st most foully for’t…” (Act 3, Scene 1, LL 1-3, Banquo) showing the audience that Banquo once thought Macbeth was a person with good values. Shakespeare uses the event of King Duncan’s murder to develop Macbeth’s transition from good to evil. After the murder, Macbeth carries on with his killing spree. This demise form good to evil is shown through the action of the characters.

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