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In 1842 Ralph Waldo Emerson stated You shall have joy or you shall have power said God you shall not have both In The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare the audience sees Macbeth as a tragic hero Macbeth is presented as a mature man with an established character successful and enjoying an enviable reputation Werner Heisenberg a German physicist discovered an analogous phenomenon with his uncertainty principle Studying quantum physics matter at the atomic level he realized that the act of measuring effected the object being measured As a result one could never accurately determine both position and momentum of an electron with precision The attempt to reach one of these goals hurt the other and a similar phenomenon is found in our everyday lives In The Tragedy of Macbeth the protagonist Macbeth is lured to murder King Duncan by the desire for power When Macbeth reaches the kingship he finds himself unhappy and insecure Despite appearances of paradox Macbeths goals of joy and power are forever opposed in increment though the two may decline together The witches prophecies and Lady Macbeths encouragement wet Macbeths craving for power spurring appetite for murder The power from knowledge caused discomfort in Macbeth As often said ignorance is bliss After Macbeth is promised the kingship Banquo asks why Macbeth is less than euphoric Banquo states Good sir why do you start and seem to fear Things that do sound fairIIII54-55 Macbeths newly acquired knowledge makes him very uncomfortable and unhappy when he realizes the implications His first thoughts of murdering Duncan appear and Macbeth is frightened After Macbeth commits Duncans murder he states To know my deed twere best not know myselfII II93 Macbeth knows that he committed this atrocity to gain power and he is now discontented It is difficult for Macbeth to act innocent and to deal with his guilt Macbeth cannot continue his quest for power and be content at the same time
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