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Macbeth Essay


In the tragedy Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, honor is needed to succeed in life. As Macbeth both created and destroyed his honor, which results in raising his status, killing of others and the death of himself.

Macbeth was a commander for his army which belonged to Scotland. He was part of a huge battle at the start of the play. Which resulted in a win for them. And Macbeth was highly praised for it.

Duncan-" Dismayed not this our captains Macbeth and/ Banquo? Captain- " Yet as sparrows eagles or hare the lion/ If I say sooth. I must report they were/ As cannons overcharged with double cracks/ so they doubly redoubled strikes upon the foe."

(Act.I.ii.37-42)
In which the captain is tells the king how amazingly Macbeth fought and the courage and power they showed was the key to winning. In addition to the high praise, Macbeth was also named Thane of Cawdor later on in the play for his heroic acts in the war. All of this ended up raising his status in the Scottish Empire and raising his honor.

In order to fill the witches prophecy and to raise his honor, Macbeth kills the king so he can become the next king of Scotland. Once the king spends a night at his castle Iverness. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth plot a way to kill Duncan in which Macbeth replies.

"Falso Face must hide what the false heart doth/know."
(Act I.vii.92-96)

Which means that he must pretend he doesn't know who killed Duncan and he has to convince his heart to do the same too so he doesn't show any evidence or weakness about the truth of him killing Duncan. As planned after killing Duncan he becomes the next king of Scotland.

Ross- "The sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth"
Macduff- " He is already named and gone to scone to be invested."
(Act. II.iv.92-96)

After being crowned king a friend of his Banquo becomes suspicious of Macbeth and suspects that he is the one who killed Duncan in order to become king. Once Macbeth begins to learn about it, he becomes scared that Banquo might tell someone. So he orders 3 murders to go kill Banquo and his son Fleeance who in the prophecy is to become king after Macbeth. Macbeth-"It is concluded. Banquo they souls flight/ If it find heaven, must find it out tonight."

(Act III.i.161-162)

Where Macbeth is stating that tonight is the night Banquo dies and his fate between haven and hell is to be chosen tonight. After the killing of Duncan and Banquo his honor becomes a personal opinion. To him self his honor is has high as ever and to the people who suspected, Macbeth of killing Duncan and Banquo they have no respect towards him.

Macbeth was beginning to become unstoppable. He had murdered the past king, and no one suspected him, which then led him into becoming king. But Macduff questioned him and his acts as he went to England and brought Malcom with an army back to Scotland to fight Macbeth for the throne. Macbeth though was not scared of anyone because according to the prophecy no many born of a women could kill him and the thought of that was absurd and properly meant that he would never find such a person making him more confident. But Macduff was prematurely ripped from his mother's womb and he ended up killing Macbeth and ending his tyrant over Scotland.

"Hail King! For so thou art. Behold where stands/ Th' usurper's cursed head. The time is free"
(Act V.viii.65-66)

Even though Macbeth had worked so hard to become king and his country under control. He still was over confident and thought that no man could kill him but if he not been over sticken with honor he might have survived.

All Macbeth wanted was power and to remembered as great king. But all of that and his honor came down, as he killed others, most notably the former king who came to visit him with great honor but it ended up with the death of his own. Do to the over confidence and filled with honor it ended the life of Macbeth.



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