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Macbeth dualism essay - Castrejon 1 Samuel Castrejon Mrs...

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Castrejon 1 Samuel Castrejon Mrs. Angus Honors English II Period 4 9/18/10 Inability to Balance The Tragedy of Macbeth, a classic play written by the famous playwright William Shakespeare, tells the story of Macbeth, the famous Scottish war general, who comes back to Scotland victorious from the most recent Scottish war. Macbeth rises to power after hearing the prophecy foretold by the Three Witches. Macbeth proceeds to murder King Duncan, the king of Scotland before him, and now filled with power Macbeth sends assassins to murder those that propose any kind of threat to his power. Macbeth’s many tyrannous acts stir up a rebellion and that rebellion gathers up an army to oppose Macbeth. In, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Macbeth becomes King of Scotland but is unfit to take the role of King because of the conflicting tension between his public lust for power and private inner guilt that are moved by his actions. After hearing the prophecy foretold by the Three Witches, Macbeth’s actions reveal his dual character. Just like the witches foretold, Macbeth is the thane of Cawdor and now alone he states, “I am thane of Cawdor, / If good, why do I yield to that suggestion/ whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my heart knock at my ribs”(1.3.135-138). Macbeth gains the power he so desires, but is not yet full of satisfaction, which makes Macbeth’s private guilt conflict with his public lust for power. With the conflicting tension between his public lust for power and his private inner guilt Macbeth continues to question himself and the idea of murdering King Duncan but is now becoming an unstable man that lets his dual faces control his action which makes him an unfit candidate to rule as King. Macbeth and King Duncan are now speaking to
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Castrejon 2 one another about the war. King Duncan thanks Macbeth and Macbeth replies, “The service and the loyalty I owe/ in doing it pays itself” (1.4.23-24). Macbeth stills has
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