The Decline Of Macbeth In Shakespeare's Play

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In the Shakespearean play Macbeth, Macbeth, the eponymous character, begins to lose his sense of morality and integrity. The first moment his decline is revealed is after he hears the first part of the witches prophecies come to pass. Whilst thinking about how this will cumulate into him becoming king, he wonders if the temptation is good or will be detrimental. He pronounces that if it is good, “why…[does he] yield to that suggestion…[of killing Duncan]” (I.iii.135). Already, the idea arrives in his head despite the fact that it is a horrid image to him. Even though he decides to leave it up to fate, Macbeth considers the thought of murdering to get what he wants. Further, since just prior to this Ross and Angus, two kingsmen, reveal that he is now the Thane of Cawdor, causing the first part of the prophecy to come true, Macbeth’s conflict of how to get the kingship will start to impend. Moreover, when Duncan proclaims Malcolm, his son, as the prince of Cumberland and his successor, it begins the start of…show more content…
Firstly, as shown from her name, she realizes the only way to gain power is from Macbeth, and since she knows him well, she is able to puppet him. Throughout act one, she manipulates him by questioning his manhood and goading him into murder. While Macbeth and Lady Macbeth discuss the situation at hand, she voices her concern that his “nature is too full o'th’ milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way” (I.x.15-17) Lady Macbeth is alluding to the fact that Macbeth is too kind to really take over. A mothers’ milk is nurturing, associated with kindness and femininity, something Lady Macbeth fears Macbeth is too full of. Further, Macbeth points out that because of her manner, she should “bring forth men-children only” (I.xii.72), for she is too masculine and cunning to raise a girl. Her understanding of manhood allows the political order depicted in the play to descend into

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