Macbeth Essay

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Macbeth was a tragic hero who made a Faustian pact with the devil due to his pride and ambition which led to his destruction. Shakespeare shows Macbeth to be worthy and honourable initially when he was said to be, “For brave Macbeth – well he deserves that name” yet, he is immediately seduced by the idea of power, “What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.” The witches’ play a significant role in this play as they are associated with evil and seen through the ambiguity of fair is foul and foul is fair. This statement is meant to confuse values. The ability to tell the future has an important effect on Macbeth. Shakespeare has led us into a world of darkness, battle and external confusion. But even worse, we see moral confusion in the world of the interior. Evil and good are confused where fair may be foul. Having nothing else to believe in, Macbeth takes that step and believed in the witches. From then on, he has made a faustian pact with the devil and he can never retreat back again. Banquo advices Macbeth that the devil will tempt men into doing evil acts and by telling them unimportant truth, “honest trifles, it will cause men to lose their souls” but the ignorant Macbeth just had his eyes fixed on the crown and did whatever it took to get it. Banquo on the other hand, was cautious and had no temptation to it at all. This was shown in “If you can look into the seeds of time, And say which grain will grow and which will not, Speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear Your favors nor your hate” and “How far is't call'd to Forres? What are these So wither'd, and so wild in their attire” Lady Macbeth was the one that already made a Faustian pact with the devil even without seeing the witches. The relationship with Macbeth and Lady Macbeth of how she too is ambitious and willing to forfeit her eternal soul, motherhood and humanity for earth gains is seen as she told people to “unsex me here… fill me with direst cruelty;… stop up th’access and passage to...
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