Essay on King Duncan

Ambition Leads to Poor Choices

A Warrior of Freewill In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the constant question of whether Macbeth is a victim of fate or that he chooses his own path looms. Macbeth is not necessarily a play of fate, but rather a tragedy that occurs as a result of uncontrollable greed and ambition by Macbeth and his wife. Macbeth had been […]

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The Friday Everything Changed

Lady Macbeth and Macbeth shared a common goal that of gaining absolute power. They both wanted to murder the great King Duncan so that Macbeth and his lady would rule. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth both approached this situation with different personalities and attitudes towards killing Duncan. In the beginning Lady Macbeth was determined to follow […]

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This Dead Butcher, How Far Do You Agree

From the start of Macbeth, the title character and play’s protagonist has a shocking capacity for violence which presents him as a “butcher” from the outset. This is shown when the captain describes Macbeth’s sword which is “smok[ing] with bloody execution”, Shakespeare’s use of satanic imagery from the verb “smoked” implies that Macbeth’s sword was […]

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Irony of Macbeth, and Antigone

1. Act 1 Scene 4, line 50; the witches hail Macbeth, “thane of Cawdor! ” Dramatic irony: At this point, Macbeth is unaware that the king has conferred this honor upon him because of his valor in battle, so he attributes his fortune to the witches’ prophecy. However, the audience knows Duncan made the pronouncement […]

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