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In Macbeth Macbeth goes through a transformation shown by the passage Between the idea and the reality Falls the shadow by TS Elliot from The Hollow Men This quote is a reference to Platos cave analogy Platos cave analogy is that the inside of the cave represents the depraved human condition and that those on the inside of the cave are passive unreflective and live in darkness and conformity Platos theory is that the only way to leave the cave is through abstract thinking and doing so is synonymous with attaining enlightenment and truth In Macbeth we witness Macbeth faced with many dilemmas and we see how Macbeth never leaves the cave through abstract thinking In Macbeths first speech we see Macbeth faced with the decision of killing Duncan Macbeths psychological condition is clear he is very confused and simply doesnt know what to do His main reason for killing Duncan ambition doesnt seem like a good enough reason to justify the cold-blooded murder of the current leader Macbeth debates with himself whether or not he should kill him Macbeth begins to state Duncans good qualities when he says Duncan hath born his faculties so meek meaning that Duncan has very gentle mental abilities He also says how he is loyal to Duncan when saying I am his kinsman and his subject basically meaning that Macbeth is his understudy and student At this point Macbeth is realizing how terrible it is to kill the ruler Macbeth then says We still have judgment here that we but teach Bloody instructions which being taught return To plague th inventor This means that Macbeth knows that if he kills him it will come back to haunt him ie Macbeth being killed as king by a copycat Macbeths mindset throughout this speech is very dark he talks of blood and poison and the thought of killing At the end Macbeth decides not to kill Duncan Which later on
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