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Security in Macbeth William Shakespeares Macbeth revolves around the downfall of several key characters during the course of this tragic play Security or overconfidence is a feeling of freedom from danger care or fear When one feels invincible they may lose all rational thought in their heads as well as in their hearts By the end of the play overconfidence can be linked to the downfall of three important characters in the play Duncan Banquo and Macbeth Duncan was killed mainly because of his poor judgment of a person namely Macbeth We see from the first act that Duncan has trusted two people Thane of Cawdor and Macdonwald who would betray him and Scotland This shows he has a record for establishing trust with the wrong people Duncan believes Theres no art to find the minds construction in the face he was a man whom I built an absolute trustIiv14-17 This quote shows yet again that he does not know the right people to trust Due to the lack of judgment and the ambition of Macbeth to take the throne Duncan was transformed from a king to a pawn in Macbeths chess game The murder of Banquo occurred because he had confidence that he would be safe from Macbeths overarching ambitions because the two have been great friends for years In Act Two Banquo reveals that he would stay loyal to Macbeth as long as it did not interfere with his loyalty to Duncan This is revealed in the quote So I lose none in seeking to augment it but still keeping my bosom franchisd and allegiance clear I shall be councelldIIi26-29 Banquo was counting on Macbeths protection based on their long standing friendship But Macbeth would stop at nothing to ensure his own security disposing all who stood in his way therefore Banquo had to go Macbeths downfall came from gross overconfidence thinking that he was completely invincible He was
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