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Life and Death in Macbeth By Dina Zeliger Macbeth treats the subject of ambition tracing the disintegration of a powerful man who longing to be more powerful discards all moral boundaries in his quest for power This theme raises a sub-theme concerning the value of life and its meaning The play presents two points of view concerning this subject On one hand death is somewhat an everyday reality and no one really seems to be sorry about people dying When Malcolm and Donalbain hear that their father is dead they do not show any signs of grief Although it is clear that Macbeth committed the murder Duncans sons only care about themselves and instead of trying to prove that theyre innocent they decide to run away DONALBAIN To Malcolm What should be spoken here Where our fate hid in an auger hole May rush and seize us Lets away Our tears are not yet brewed The first reference to the meaning of life in the play is made by a captain who tells Duncan about Macbeths valor But alls too weak For brave Macbeth well he deserves that name Disdaining Fortune with his brandished steel Which smoked with bloody execution Like valors minion carved out his passage Till he unseamed him from the nave to th chaps And fixed his head upon our battlements Right in the very beginning of the play bravery is identified with killing and death A persons life is considered worthwhile and meaningful if he can fight mercilessly This example refers to killing ones enemies but it demonstrates the more respected characteristics of Macbeths personality He is told to be a great worrier and there is almost no reference to other qualities Moreover one is not a man until he commits murder Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth to murder Duncan referring to his male ego and saying that if hes man enough he
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