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Moskowitz 1 Sammy Moskowitz Dr. Green CC201 November 26, 2007 Moral Macbeth? In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the tragic hero, Macbeth, kills the king of Scotland in order to take the throne for himself after hearing a prophecy from three witches that he would become the king of Scotland. From that moment onward, he begins to slide down the slippery slope of murder and treachery that he created for himself. Eventually, Macbeth’s world of grandeur comes crashing down piece by piece. In the end, he is murdered by the one person he thought couldn’t touch him: MacDuff. Macbeth builds his kingdom like he’s building a house of cards: he gets to the very top carefully and persistently, but since there is no strong solid foundation, the house falls and he is left with nothing. In the end, the characters that act morally and try to work against Macbeth are rewarded with the rightful king and new better positions within the kingdom. Shakespeare uses Macbeth as an example of what happens when power is gained with greedy intentions through cheating. He draws a lesson from Macbeth’s fate: the scale of morality must eventually find balance. Macbeth gained his power through crime, not virtue. In his book The Prince , Machiavelli states that sometimes it is necessary to gain power through murder and crime, but only if the country can effectively be ruled after the initial crime. In her essay
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