What Is Macbeth's Dissolution

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Macbeth, a mortality play by William Shakespeare portrays the spiritual dissolution of the main character Macbeth. Macbeth changes from a hero of Scotland to the murderer of the central belief of Scotland. The Miltonic philosophy states that human all possess the free will to make a decision and must accept responsibility for the consequence which arise from their choice. Milton theories are present throughout the play on Macbeth makes the conscious decision to sin and ultimately suffers the consequence of his action through his guilt and moral decay. Macbeth’s spiritual dissolution through his ambition begins by his decision to move away from God’s will. The three witches prophecies bury a seed of murder the King Duncan in his mind. Macbeth’s…show more content…
The reference to angels means that killing the king will go against God’s will. However, he reinforces his ambition as he says “I have no spur/ To prick the sides of my intent, but only/ Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself/ And falls on the other.(1.7.25-29)” His desire for power overcomes all previous concerns and becomes the only thing that drives his intent to murder. Therefore, Macbeth’s ambition first creates the option of murder, then persuades him to choose to…show more content…
The first apparition warns Macbeth to be aware of Macduff. However, Macbeth replies with “Then live, Macduff; what need I fear of thee? (4.1.89)” Even though Macbeth knows that Macduff will dangerous as he knows about the murder, Macbeth’s overconfidence makes him overlook Macduff as a threat. Macbeth has free will to kill Macduff even though Macduff is in England but his overconfidence, which is shown by his ignorance of Macduff. However, his fear of Macduff’s knowledge pushes him to kill Macduff’s whole family, which only increases Macduff’s hatred for Macbeth, which leads to his downfall. However, Macbeth believes too much about the witches’ prophecies, even though the Malcolm’s troops are coming to fight against him, he still declares “The mind I sway by and the heart I bear/Shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear/(5.3.9-10)”. Macbeth’s overconfidence is controlling all his thoughts, so he does not fear anything which leads to his down fall. When Macduff with fight Macbethin his castle, and Macbeth still says “I bear a charmed life, which must not yield,/ To one of woman born. (5.8.15-16)” Macbeth believes that he is unbeatable even by Macduff. However, his overconfidence in his defeat of Macduff gives Macduff a chance to kill him. Macbeth’s overconfidence makes him overlook Macduff’s birth and strength and ultimately suffers the final consequence of

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