The Paranoia In Macbeth

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“Macbeth” is a tragic play about a gruesome rise to power and the downfall of it all. Macbeth goes down menacing paths in order to get the power he believes he deserves. Macbeth is easily persuaded by a prophecy promised by three witches, this contributes to him making sinister decisions that are not worthwhile.Macbeth encounters many strange/supernatural experiences, struggles with a constant paranoia and finds himself being stuck in a endless rut fuelled by ambition. By the end, he is trapped in a world he had created himself. In other words, you can try to find a way to escape your guilt but it will always be there tormenting you.
Supernatural occurrences are integral to the structure of the plot and spawns an atmosphere of evil. Dominant …show more content…

When the witches first told Macbeth their prophecies his mind went straight to a dark place. Once he had informed his wife about the prophecies she was extremely vile and relentlessly drove her husband to murder Duncan and anyone else who may stop her for getting what she wants. The growing greed led to multiple negative effects on her brain. Macbeth dealt with the consequences of his murders mostly by telling himself that life is pointless and whatever he does won’t really matter, “Life’s but a walking shadow.” (5.5.24). Because of his dangerous mentality, he became reckless, paranoid, and boastfully insane. Macbeth soon began to not trust anyone This is especially illustrated in Act 3, Scene 3, where the murderers were waiting to kill Banquo and Fleance. In the scene Macbeth had a third murderer join the two that he had already hired. As one of the original murderers stated, “He needs not our mistrust; since he delivers our offices, and what we have to do.” (3.3.3) Macbeth's disposition led to the defeat of himself and losing his place in the throne. When ambition goes unhindered by moral values, it will corrupt and destroy people at the worst

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