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Reality is Subjective In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare the author is determined to present a character internally torn and tragically flawed Macbeth the central character in the play and a relatively good man is told the future by three witches His comprehension of what the future was could have affected his way of thinking The actions that followed the predictions of the future seem to be an effect of predictions themselves The character produces the effect he desires in the future rather than waiting for that effect to come about without his intervention In this play it is evident that reality is subjective to the perceiver The fact that Macbeth is told he will be king causes him to take action to become king The third witch salutes him with All hail Macbeth that shalt be king hereafter Act I scene iii 50 This causes Macbeth to wonder about how he will become king In an aside Macbeth addresses his concerns on becoming the king His thoughts arouse uneasy feelings within why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and make my seated heart knock at my ribs against the force of nature Act I scene iii 134-7 These lines show what Macbeth thinks about the future Here the text shows a fear of the future despite the good tidings the future holds These thoughts prove also to have validity behind them for Macbeth kills the king With this action Macbeth proves that because he believed he was going to be king he made that belief a reality Macbeth also perceives a murdered apparition of Banquo when no one else witnesses anything Macbeth perceives the ghost of Banquo while no one else can see the ghost Macbeths reality is the ghost himself because he can see the ghost while others can not When describing the ghost Macbeth says Avaunt and quit my sight Let the earth
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