Tragedy Macbeth

Topics: Macbeth, Three Witches, Macduff's son Pages: 3 (997 words) Published: November 18, 2010
In the tragedy “Macbeth” written by Shakespeare, Macbeth is driven from one foul deed to another in the struggle to gain and hold the crown of Scotland. The desire to want something causes people to do crazy things. Macbeth has the urge to become the king of Scotland. However, there is always a reason why things are done. With Macbeth's actions, he becomes a villain and a victim. Macbeth’s desire to become King of Scotland comes from the visions of the witches. Macbeth knew that sometime during his lifetime, he would hold possession of the crown because he is Duncan’s cousin and was in his favor. Duncan called Macbeth, “O valiant cousin! Worthy gentleman!” (1.2.24). As Macbeth comes across the three witches with Banquo, they start to praise him. “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis” (1.3.47). Macbeth was already the Thane of Glamis but was confused as he heard another witch say, “All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!” (1.3.48). However, Macbeth was baffled furthermore because the third witch said, “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!” (1.3.49). While Macbeth is in a conversation with Duncan and Banquo, Duncan announces, “Malcolm, whom we name hereafter the Prince of Cumberland” (1.5.38). Macbeth comes to the conclusion that he must take a step to fall or to overcome the Prince of Cumberland. “The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step on which I must fall down, or else o’erleap, for in my way it lies.” (1.5.48-50). With the conversations and stories that the witches foretell, Macbeth has a desire to become King of Scotland.

As Macbeth finds a reason to his actions, he is depicted as a villain through his murders. His first foul deed is killing Duncan, the King of Scotland who was in his way of the throne. “I go, and it is done: the bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven, or to hell.” (2.1.63-65). Macbeth creates himself an opportunity to possess the crown by killing...
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