Macbeth Dbq Essay

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The Tragedy of Macbeth is a well known story that revolves around the word “ambition” but this ambition isn’t always self driven by someone, but rather through the influence of someone else who maintains control of the situation. The story is about a man whose desire to be the king and have power leads to the murders of those who might stand in his way. Throughout the story we see many characters who play major parts in how one event follows another, and how some characters seem to completely have control of the events in the story. Although in Macbeth the Three Sisters and Macbeth exhibit some control over the events, Lady Macbeth has the most responsibility. The Three Sisters have control over act 4 scene 1, based on the facts that their telling Macbeth almost word for word how he is going to die. In Act 4 the weird sisters are quoted saying “Macbeth! beware Macduff….” (Document D) hinting to the fact that Macduff will bring about bad news to Macbeth. Also in act 4 the Witches say “Macbeth shall never vanquish'd be until Great …show more content…

After learning of his wife’s death Macbeth says “Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.” (Document E ) Macbeth here is saying that life is meaningless. Later on in act 5, Macbeth states “Though Birnam wood be come to Dunsinane, And thou opposed, being of no woman born, Yet I will try the last.... Lay on, Macduff....”(Document E) Macbeth is saying that this is how his life has been determined to end, so he will still fight despite the undeniable outcome. Macbeth here exhibits control over not much but the end of his life, he controls the fact that he knows that he will die yet he fights anyways, he is in control of his final

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