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Macbeth Innocence is a quality that few people take to their grave although all are born with it At some point in ones life an event or circumstance removes that shield from both moral and legal guilt whether in ones own eyes or in the eyes of another In such a case innocence is cast off or innocence can be stolen Both are true of Macbeth in William Shakespeares tragic work Macbeth The heros innocence and navet make him vulnerable prey for those who feel completely at home in a subhuman realm of malice and disintegration namely the witches and even his own wife Inevitably Macbeth is eventually worn down enough to be pushed into this dark and evil abyss by his wife Lady Macbeth who leaps frantically in after him to join the witches where they are most at home The robbery of Macbeths innocence begins with allowing the witches to brainwash him with their predictions forcing him to step closer and closer to the edge of their dismal abyss They take advantage of the surplus of ambition that had served him so well in his desire for victory over Macdonwald and use it to instill in him the need to be King Still desire is not enough for Macbeth and he is thus driven to seek certainty as his one objective He wants certainty from the witches at whatever cost Campbell 228 Macbeth however is not completely lost yet honour and justice remain in him and although it takes him some time to fully consider the consequences of the witches words on him he rejects his horrible thoughts of murder and postpones all action If chance will have me king why chance may crown me Without my stir I iii143-144 For the time being Macbeths true essence is in control that of loyalty and honour However Macbeth again undergoes a change of heart in scene four at
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