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To Know My Deed Twere Best Not Know MyselfHow was it possible for such an admirable and noble man so established in society to fall so greatly into a dilemma full of murderous plots and deceit In William Shakespeares Macbeth the idea of one character becoming both victim and villain is introduced Macbeth falls prey to others deception and is supplanted with greed and hate when he is tricked by three witches When told that he is going to be King of Scotland Macbeth does whatever he can to ensure his prophecy In Macbeths quest for power he gains a flaw that ends in a deteriorated relationship with Lady Macbeth and his eventual defeatAll hail Macbeth that shalt be King hereafter Iiii50 The three witches with their prophetic greeting Iiii78 gear Macbeths drive for power They embody the supernatural element of this tragedy With their imperfect predictions they play on Macbeths security and nourish the seed of his tragic flaw which flourishes in their manipulative prophecies and drives him into becoming the King of Scotland But the Scottish aristocracy comprises of King Duncan his two princes Malcolm and Donalbain and various other thanes and nobles including Macbeths friend Banquo His desire for position on the throne overrides his respect for the King and his own dignity leading Macbeth to slaughter him and murder all those who serve as obstacles in his treacherous pursuit of the throne Yet I do fear thy nature It is too full o the milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way Thou wouldst be great art not without ambition but without the illness should attend it Iv16-20 In the beginning Lady Macbeth has a kind of power over Macbeth that she can only achieve through his devotion to her She adds to his false sense of security and Macbeth confides in her and lets her persuade him As the murderous plots drag on he loses his will to speak
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