March, 4, 2014
Fear in Macbeth
Fear causes terror in people, and causes people to do treacherous things to get out of fear. Fear is evident in Macbeth throughout the whole play. Fear was seen from Macbeth right from the beginning of the play. In Macbeth, fear and joy played a huge role in driving the characters into doing their actions and shaping them in the play. The play started with 3 witches telling Macbeth his prophecy, and that he was going to be the next king. They also warned him that Banquo’s sons are going to take over the throne, which struck fear into Macbeth. In the murdering of King Duncan, the mass murdering of Macbeth’s enemies, and Macbeth’s overconfidence in the second prophecy from the three witches illustrated fear and joy in the play.
In order for Macbeth to become king, he was going to have to murder King Duncan, the king of Scotland. Lady Macbeth showed fear in the play when she didn’t think Macbeth had the courage to kill King Duncan. Macbeth was lacking confidence and didn’t think he would be able to commit the murder. In scene 7, pg. 364, he was having second thoughts about murdering King Duncan and was fearful of his plan. If it wasn’t for Lady Macbeth, I believe Macbeth would’ve never killed King Duncan, thus changing the tragedy of the play. Macbeth ranted of his fears to himself in the scene. Lady Macbeth brought the fear out of Macbeth, causing Macbeth to go on with the plan and murdering King Duncan.
The fear of Banquo ratting out Macbeth and the prophecy which said his son would take over as king got into Macbeth’s head and led to him hiring murderers to wipe them out. In act 3, scene 1, Macbeth expresses his fears about Banquo because of the witches promise that Banquo’s sons will be kings. (pg. 382) His solution to his fears were to hire murderers. Even with Banquo dead, fear was still in Macbeth as he saw Banquo’s ghost at the dinner table. According to the article “Fearful Macbeth”,...
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