Self Destruction In Macbeth

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Uncontrolled ambition leads to guilt and self-destruction. Through the encouragement of his wife, Macbeth's social status, morals, and emotions transform into driving factors of his downfall. Macbeth, introduced as a brave soldier loyal to his king, struggles with his desire and ambition for a higher social position. Corrupted by the prophecies of the three witches and the motivation of his wife, Macbeth's weak character is easily influenced by Lady Macbeth's strong and overpowering presence. He transforms from a noble hero to a murderous tyrant by placing his ambition above his morals. The murders eventually start to effect Macbeth's emotions leading to his instability, paranoia and self-destruction. Macbeth’s social status changes multiple…show more content…
“Spurred by the murky prophecies of the three witches and the urging of his determined wife, Macbeth kills benevolent King Duncan” (LaBlanc 1). Lady Macbeth is able to manipulate her husband by questioning his manhood. Macbeth kills Duncan in order to prove himself to Lady Macbeth. He discovers that this act of violence must lead to further bloodshed after the initial murder. While preparing for the dinner party, Macbeth tells the two murderers “That I require a clearness: and with him-/ to leave no rubs nor botches in the work-/Fleance his son, that keeps him company" (3.1.133-135). Macbeth betrays his friendship with Banquo just as he betrays his own morals. Once Macbeth is crowned as king, he does whatever he can to stay in power even if it leads to his close friend’s death. The decision to kill Banquo is not encouraged by Lady Macbeth; however, the witches deeply influence and manipulate Macbeth's decisions. Macbeths goes completely against his morals when telling Lennox "the castle of Macduff I will surprise;… His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls" (4.1150-152). Although Macbeths begins to realize the effect of the emotions on his sanity, he continues to kill innocent children and women. He tries to convince himself that the murders are necessary, but the deaths took toll on his emotions leaving him paranoid and

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