Being Fair But Doing Foul In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Being Fair but Doing Foul The play “Macbeth” is one of William Shakespeare’s most timeless pieces. The plotline of the play follows the actions of Macbeth, a Scottish royal who takes action to ascend in the royal ranks after interacting with supernatural forces. The piece discusses Macbeth’s transformation using themes of human flaws such as ambition, greed or power-lust. Although it might seem that he is driven to evil by outside forces, the person to blame for the killing in the play is Macbeth. Throughout the major plot-points of the play, the “protagonist” proves the old adage correct: actions do speak louder than words. As the plot progresses, the reader is exposed to Macbeth’s need to quench his thirst for kingdom. Up to the second act of the play Macbeth has only revealed his intentions secretly, during an aside or towards his wife. Alas, when Duncan arrives at the castle, the “hero” decides to take action: “I go, and it is done…Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell” (II i 62-64). Here, the reader sees that Macbeth has already made a decision- he will kill his king. The diction in the quote, along with the rhyme at the end helps the reader associate Macbeth with dark and unnatural characteristics. The relationship Shakespeare creates between the words “knell” and “bell” is interesting, as they are both words associated with death and afterlife; a clear indicator of Macbeth’s deadly intentions. Also, the killing of Duncan by

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