Examples Of Blind Attitudes In Macbeth

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Shakespeare uses the character of Macbeth to demonstrate the idea of servitude through the character’s ever-growing thirst for power, which ultimately is what leads to his downfall and deteriorating morals. Shakespeare illustrates servitude within Macbeth with the use of Characterization to portray the changes within the characters as they become consumed with blind obedience for power. Shakespeare is telling the audience about the danger of blind obedience with no thought of one’s morals. He accomplishes relaying this message by using characterization to portray servitude within the story throughout a multitude of characters including Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and the Three witches. Macbeth is a gleaming example of Shakespeare successfully …show more content…

Throughout the story, especially in the beginning, Lady Macbeth was constantly pushing Macbeth to do terrible stuff in order to fulfill the prophecy and for Macbeth to be king, this is evident in this quote from Lady Macbeth “Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting I dare not wait upon I would.” Lady Macbeth is calling Macbeth a coward for not doing what he needs to do in order to get what he wants, which is being king. Macbeth’s blind obedience eventually leads to him agreeing to kill King Duncan even though he was fine with staying in the position he was in. Macbeth knows what he does is wrong and he is plagued by guilt in the beginning but slowly throughout the story his morals become corrupted and he no longer feels much guilt even after killing Macduff’s family. However, Macbeth is not the only character who falls victim to …show more content…

The Three Witches purposely try to tempt Macbeth by giving him information about his future such as “All hail, Macbeth, who will be king in the future” but purposely not answering any questions. This manipulation of Macbeth represents the dangers of servitude as Macbeth becomes blindly obedient to their predictions and starts to act upon them without considering the moral implications of his actions. The witches’ predictions are presented as something to be followed blindly because no explanations are given, and Macbeth becomes a servant to their words, becoming increasingly ruthless and violent in his pursuit of power. The Witches being the ones to give the prophecy that would lead to the downfall of Macbeth is no accident. Witches at the time were considered supernatural and evil. Conversations from the witches that involved them mentioning “Killing swine” characterized these witches as exactly what all witches were thought to be, which was evil. Shakespeare wants the reader to draw the connection that the prophecy that Macbeth became a servant to and obeyed was created with the intention to manipulate Macbeth and had Macbeth fought against this and did not feel the need to chase this power like Banquo did

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