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Macbeth by William Shakespeare As William Shakespeare weaved the storylines of his plays he considered both the ignorant lowlife and the insightful intellectual He constructed them to be entertaining enough to humor those with little intelligence but also meaningful enough to attract intellectuals In this particular play Macbeth Shakespeare makes a commentary about human nature as well as delivering his own personal message His message is portrayed through the actions of Lady Macbeth prior to the murder of Duncan as well as Macbeths actions following it The message being portrayed is that unbridled ambition and desire is destructive Lady Macbeths sheer desire to please Macbeth would result in the brutal murder of her suckling baby Lady Macbeth informs the reader Synonymous to her desire to please Macbeth was her lust for the throne Her obsession led her into conniving Macbeth into committing a murder that he did not want to commit Similar to this desire was Macbeths aspirations to eliminate all those threatening his reign His ambition to maintain control and absolute power over Scotland was so powerful his previous personality as a compassionate benevolent man drastically changed into that of a murderous tyrant This message of Shakespeares lends to his beliefs about human nature Shakespeare believes that human nature is prone to evil and that people are greedy He illustrates this in the Macbeths desire to become King and Queen This greed led them to resort to extreme measures such as regicide In Macbeths case his greed led him to killing many other people such as Banquo Lady Macduff the guards etc because he felt they could be a threat to his kingship Tyranny is a more accurate description of Macbeths reign- while Duncan allowed power to be shared among lords and such Macbeth claimed all power for himself
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