Theme Analysis: Macbeth

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Bri’Ana Meriweather​​​AP Literature- Ms. Riley
November 26, 2012​​4th Period

Eleanor Roosevelt once said “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” No one controls you better than you. Your feel of belittlement or inferiority is through your own perception. You allow others to do what you let them. In the Book Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth allows power to corrupt his mind. It badly affects his close friends and the significant people surrounding him. The corruption within Macbeth caused a commitment to evil deeds, guilt, and a host of repercussions. Always stick with your first mind, it’s usually what’s best. ​Macbeth contains many evil deeds, however, evil deeds don’t necessarily mean an evil soul. Macbeth did not begin inherently evil, it was the comments that his wife (Lady Macbeth) said to him to make him feel inferior and less like a man. Before their first evil act, they had major doubts. “We will proceed no further in this business. He hath honored me if late, and I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people…” (I.VII. 32-35). Macbeth at first had high contemplation to back out of what would be the start of his corruption. As the first evil act of killing the king is done, Lady Macbeth goes on to say “A foolish thought, to say a sorry sight” (II.II.19) to warn Macbeth that they must act like a true evil-incarnate would. Lady Macbeth insults Macbeth “My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white” (II.II.61-62) to warn him that he must suck it up and show no evidence that they even thought about killing the king. Macbeth then desired to overcome the inferiority that Lady Macbeth were making him feel and became increases his intensity of evil. “So is he [Banquo] mine; and in such bloody distance that every minute of his being thrusts against my near’st of life. And though I could with barefaced power sweep him from my sight…” (III.I.117-119) Macbeth says. Macbeth arranges for Banquo to be...
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