Shakespeare Final Exam - Sayndia Sando ENG 217(Final Exam...

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Sayndia Sando ENG 217 (Final Exam) Dr. Seiwoong Oh 1. How does Macbeth negotiate between fate and free will?
2. What does the play suggest about political power?
The play Macbeth suggests that political power have the ability to change the nature of people, and corrupt their minds. Before Macbeth’s rise to power, he was a kind-hearted gentlemen, loving husband, and brave general willing to lay down his life for his men. But after he became king, we start to see that his thought and actions in light of his new political position do not match what Macbeth’s personality used to be. The last of Macbeth’s kind nature is seen when he debates killing the King because he is innocent and has done him no wrong. But once macbeth perpetrates this murder all other become much easier, he slays the two chambermen with no regard, his best friend, Banquo, Lady Macduff and her household, and Siward. Macbeth also becomes cold as a husband. As his wife, Lady Macbeth, spirals further into madness from the guilt of their bloody deeds, Macbeth does not care one bit. He also shows no remorse when told about his wife’s death/ suicide, saying that it is a good thing because she was meant to die someday. He also loses a lot of the valor he held paramount as a soldier. In the murder of Banquo, Macbeth wasn’t even man enough to do it himself, instead hiring to murderers to do it for him. Overall, Macbeth’s character is a prime example of how political power can change people for the worst.

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