Why Is Fear Important In Macbeth

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Impact of Fear in Macbeth Fear is a strange and powerful emotion. It can banish all rational thought and leave only gasping breaths and the mad rhythm of a frantic heart. It can drive us to run faster, fight harder, or jump higher than we ever have before. Fear can be our guardian in the night but it can also blind us and lead to devastating mistakes. The latter is shown with vivid detail in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. The central villains, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, are plagued by their fears throughout the play, and their efforts to resolve the terrors that torment them end in monumental mistakes that eventually lead to their downfall. Set in 11th century Scotland, Shakespeare’s tragic play titled Macbeth deals with a couple of profound struggles. First it focuses on the struggle within Macbeth between his lofty ambition to be kind and his sense of what is right and wrong. Next it focuses on the struggle between evil as manifested in Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and the future of a nation as represented by Malcolm and Macduff. It also looks at the very corrupting nature of Macbeth’s unchecked ambition that is fueled by his fear and his self-grandiose nature. In the beginning of the play Macbeth and his friend Banquo are told a prophecy by three witches that Macbeth shall become Thane Cawdor and then King and Banquo’s sons shall be Kings. Messengers immediately arrive and prove the first part of the prophecy true by telling Macbeth he has been named Thane of Cawdor this news…show more content…
Once they have the power they must devise a way to keep it but they feel guilty, they fear hell and a supernatural punishment. One would think that the mere thought of what he has done would cause Macbeth to go insane, and yet it is his thirst for power, for recognition that keeps him focused on what he must do at all costs to stay in

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