Macbeth Not a Monster

Topics: Macbeth, Three Witches, Banquo Pages: 2 (665 words) Published: November 29, 2005
"Macbeth is not a monster: rather, he is a man, perhaps more inclined toward evil than most men, but still a man who is tempted, succumbs to temptation, and pays the price for his weakness" is a true statement. It just shows that his weaknesses lead to his rise and his fall as thane and then as king.

His temptations came after meeting the three witches. They filled his head with ideas about the future which then changed how he thought of everything "All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane Glamis/ All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Than of Cawdor/ All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!"(I. iii 50-55). He felt after being given the title of Thane of Cawdor that what the witches had said was to be true. While being with the witches, he was also informed about Banquo "Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none" (I iii 72). That would come into play later in the story, influencing a murder of a friend.

His wife, Lady Macbeth, after receiving news about the witches and his being named Than of Cawdor, and then decided to help tempt him to kill the king so that he would be king. After convincing him to kill the king and actually going through with it, he was named king after Duncan's sons fled to Ireland and England, also being named suspects in the murder. This then set into affect, the idea that the witches were correct and that Banquo would probley have the next kings. So he decided to have his dear friend Banquo murdered and his son Fleance. His plan somewhat worked, Banquo was killed but Fleance fled the scene and then Banquo uttered "O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly! / Thou mayst revenge. O slave!" (III iv 25-26) and as we all know, his kin became kings (King James 1).

After finding out about Banquo's murder, Macbeth started to see him in a chair that he was offered to sit in by one of the guests at his feast. Lady Macbeth tried to play it off as a normal act by him and the feast was over. This is where you started to see the down fall of...
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