Greed Quotes In Macbeth

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Greed and guilt are two characteristics that can wreak havoc on the human mind and soul, and give someone what they deserve over time. Therefore, nothing seems more satisfying than when the villain or protagonist gets what they deserve for their bad deeds.In The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare shows these traits, along with their affects, through the tragic hero of the play, Macbeth, and his wife, Lady Macbeth, also leaving the reader with the question: “Could this happen today?” After gaining the corrupt title Macbeth craves, being king is not as significant as he implies. Macbeth admits to his reign being spoiled saying, “To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus”(Act III, Scene I, lines 50-51). Shakespeare portrays to the reader the way Macbeth became king is useless and how the title is wasted by his guilt that washes it away. His guilt, which is a direct result of his greed, slowly eats him alive and drives him insane. This is similar to a “slow death” which is a much more painful way to leave. Therefore being king to Macbeth has lost its significance and will never be the same. …show more content…

This is the ultimate reason Macbeth and Lady Macbeth did not get off too easily. This is like eating one potato chip or slice of pizza, only to have the rest taken away. Macbeth makes his final commitment to murder King Duncan saying, “False face must hide what the false heart doth know”(Act I, Scene VII, line 82). At this part of the play, it is clear to the reader that Lady Macbeth obtains what she sought after and finally convinces Macbeth to commit the murder. They both finally obtain a piece of what they greedily desire, power, only for it to be snatched away. However, not only is there title of King and Queen taken but also their

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