Things in Threes
In the dramatic play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare many things come in groups of three. The number three is very common throughout the play and it had a huge role in Macbeth’s insanity. The three murders are the most obvious group of three in the play. The next group of three is the three witches that convince Macbeth to do all of the bad things. The final group of three is all of Macbeth’s titles.
The three murders are the easiest group of three things in the play that lead to Macbeth’s insanity. The first person that Macbeth murdered in the play was King Duncan. “A dagger of the mind, a false creation proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?” (II, I, 50). Macbeth is now seeing a floating dagger because he is about to murder the King and he is extremely nervous and he is extremely paranoid. This is the first sign of Macbeth’s insanity. When Macbeth orders the killing of Banquo you can tell that Macbeth has gone insane. “And with thy bloody and invisible hand cancel and tear to pieces the bond which keeps me pale” (III,ii,54). Macbeth has gone completely insane by this point in the play because he was able to tell the three murderers to kill Banquo with ease and no regrets. The final murder in the play was the murder of Macduff’s family. “seize upon Fife, give to th’edge o’th’sword his wife, his babes and all unfortunate souls (IV,I,172). At this point Macbeth is not only insane but he is also paranoid because a messenger told him that Maduff went to England to gather an army to turn on him so he murdered Macduff’s family to try and show Macduff what he is capable of. All three of those murders were the main reason that Macbeth went insane.
In the play there are three witches that tell Macbeth to kill the king and that tell Macbeth about the three advisaries. (I,iii,53). The witches tell Macbeth that he will evenyually be king. This is where Macbeth first gets the idea to kill the King. (IV,I,90). One of the witches...
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