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Fear, this motivates us to do many things no matter if they are right or wrong. In the play Macbeth it was fear that was the main motivating factor that influenced the outcome of the play. The impacts of fear affecting the many irrational behavior of his shortly came about after Duncan's murder, which then led to the other murders; and why were these committed? It was because Macbeth was scared of being caught and having to pay for the wrongs he had done. Also look at Lady Macbeth, the constant washing of her hands, sleepwalking and other behavior like this. All done out of fear, and like her husband fear of being caught. The majority of Macbeth's actions, were all committed out of fear, not only of being caught but of the witches' prophecies, he was scared of them coming true and tried to stop them from happening. This whole play was inspired by fear and what it can do to a person. Shakespeare has done a wonderful job at depicting fear and how it would cause people to make poor and irrational behaviors. The concept of fear has not changed, only portrayed through different ways. Shakespeare's ideal of fear not only impacted his time period, but has left a mark on our society and literature.

Macbeth's fears and anxieties arise shortly after the murder of Duncan. Macbeth's fear is starting to consume him, he can no longer sleep and is ravaged by guilt over what he's done. Macbeth, had just killed the King of Scotland and blamed it on Malcolm and Donaldbain. People believed his allegations and he became King. He should have been content with what he has just gain, but instead he led ambition and greed get to the better of him. Keeping in mind of the witches' prophecy, he feared and loathed Banquo for he was the only other witness. The witches foretold that Macbeth would be King, but it would be Banquo's children that would follow after him. This made Macbeth very angry, he risked...
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