Selfish Desires

Topics: Macbeth, Kill Pages: 3 (1013 words) Published: October 21, 2014
Why do people act upon their selfish desires when it will negatively affect others?

When people want something they justify that it is their right to have it and therefore can do what it takes to get it. This is a fact that is shown in the play of Macbeth many times and often explains the horrible actions of some of the characters. He says: “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me without my stir.” This shows that he now knows of his potential to be king which means that he will do whatever it takes to become king. He believes that it is now his right to take that position and therefore has to kill King Duncan to get it. You can also see this in the way lady Macbeth thinks. Once she hears of Macbeth’s meeting with the witches she automatically thinks of how they will get it and can only see all the good things that they could have and doesn’t think of any of the consequences. Selfish desires get the best of us and we don’t see the consequences as a reason to not try to get what we want. We wrote the song from Macbeth’s point of view, however the chorus is sung by the citizens. We started the song with Macbeth saying how badly he wanted to be king and how he could see himself as a ruler, he then says “a different murder every night” because even though at the beginning Macbeth’s intentions weren’t to kill someone every day, but ended up killing people constantly. We then end the verse with “Scotland better prepare, for when I get myself there” because it’s like in act 1, scene 7 when Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth that killing Duncan was necessary and a good idea. It shows that he is convinced that he is going to become king and that he’s prepared. The second verse begins with Macbeth gloating about how there’s no one around who can tell him what to do because he’s in charge. He says that there is no one who is telling him what to do, where to be or how to be, it’s him coming to power and really loving it. The verse then goes into saying that...
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