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The Enigma Solved When we first hear of Macbeth he is a man much honored by his countrymen for his leading and courageous part in defense of his good king and native land However almost as soon as we meet him we realize that he is both ambitious and murderous For as soon as the Witches greet him with the title of future king Macbeth thinks of murdering Duncan the current king But Macbeth is not merely the kind of man who serves his king until he has an opportunity of killing the king Macbeth though he may wish to murder Duncan for Duncans crown nevertheless also wishes to be a good man In fact he thinks of himself basically as a good man This becomes obvious from his fright and his consciousness of his fright that result when he pictures himself murdering Duncan Nevertheless the powerful drive of his ambition has dangerously affected him Macbeth regards the predictions not so much as predictions but as supernatural soliciting that is as requests to him from powers greater than man to attain his goal of the crown Since Macbeth has mainly homicidal methods in mind he in effect thinks of the predictions as invitations to murder Although Macbeth does not understand the trick his mind has played on him he has in fact been warned away from falling into the very trap laid for him by his ambitions and by the Witches Banquo warns Macbeth after the latter has learned that he has been made the Thane of Cawdor that the agents of the devil sometimes tell us small truths to betrays In deepest consequence But the unheeding Macbeth in the very next speech refers to the predictions as supernatural soliciting Now Macbeths conscience must contend not only with his powerful ambitions Macbeths conscience must also contend with Lady Macbeth his wife and Macbeths love for his wife Macbeths love for his wife is
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