Topics: Macbeth, Duncan I of Scotland, Three Witches Pages: 3 (1020 words) Published: June 12, 2011
Macbeth vs. Innocence
Although Macbeth may be engulfed with the act of multiple murders, Macbeth should not be blamed for his actions the reason being his uncertain decision to kill Duncan being twisted by the supernatural powers of the three wicked witches and aggressively pursued by Lady Macbeth’s hunger for power. While Macbeth’s mind may be filled in darkness and sinful customs, he certainly is not entirely evil. Macbeth is an honoured general in King Duncan’s army and serves his country Scotland with great commitment and pride. In the violent atmosphere of the battlefield Macbeth slaughters MacDonwald- a traitor to Scotland; an unknown soldier in battle describes Macbeth handling the rebels in the midst of battle, "For brave Macbeth - well he deserves that name- Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel;\ Till he unseamed him from his naves to his chaps; / and fixed his head upon our battlements" (Shakespeare 1. 2.17-25). This is broadcasting Macbeth’s bravery and loyalty at the beginning of the play towards King Duncan, and without doubt ties into the question if Macbeth has always been evil or overcome by supernatural powers. Macbeth loves Duncan as a king; Macbeth’s high standards for Scotland are tremendous and his loyalty to Duncan’s kingship is passionate. Macbeth would never consider the act of murdering the innocent king, until his mind deliberately changes when three wicked witches instantaneously appear in a gloomy atmosphere of dark clouds and thunderstorms. The weird sisters are known to enjoy other’s pain and act upon supernatural deeds such as changing the weather. The witches are known for their power of conquering innocent minds with evil deeds; therefore Macbeth’s mind is conducted with the three prophecies that entitle Macbeth to be thane of Glamis, the thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland. Macbeth’s advanced knowledge with the thane of Glamis is inherited due to his father’s death. Sensing the witches’ intuitive views on his future...
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