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With Macbeth Shakespeare has crafted a character that falls under immense pressures from various sources These opposing forces create internal conflict with Macbeth as he is torn between right and wrong ambition and loyalty Shakespeare has engineered this internal strife as a means to highlight the theme of right versus wrong in this work As a general and great soldier Macbeth has a developed sense of duty Throughout the course of the play he retains this duty but to whom he is obligated shifts Before the witches influence his thinking early in the play Macbeth is duty-bound as a warrior to his king Duncan He fights fearlessly for Duncan and claims many victories in his name Once the witches plant the seed of ambition in Macbeth he begins to stray from Duncan He becomes interested in his actions toward his own benefit as opposed to the benefit of Duncan and his people The final swing in Macbeths duties places him at the whim of his wife Lady Macbeth She wants him to become the powerful King thus making her his comparably powerful Queen Macbeth feels duty bound to please his wife and by this her encouragement is amplified During this transition of Macbeths loyalty Macbeths conscience torments him relentlessly This reveals that there must be some good deep down in Macbeths heart even after he has committed so many acts of evil Another crux of Macbeths torn directions is his wants for loyalty competing with his ambitious wants Again as a soldier he has an embossed sense of loyalty toward Duncan But that crown would look awfully great with Macbeths new kilt After much influence from the witches and his wife Macbeth buckles under the pressure and his ambition conquers his loyalty With a few fell strikes of a dagger Macbeths conscience is forever warped to taunt him As should be evident Macbeth is a character of strikingly immense internal conflict This stress may even
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