"Macbeth", by William Shakespeare is a play about killing and overconfidence. In the story, Macbeth exhibits many different feelings and moods. He is conceited one minute and greedy the next. Eventually Macbeth changes from a loyal thane, to a manipulated husband, to a paranoid killing machine.
Macbeth is very unsure whether killing Duncan is such a good idea; this explains his loyal thane quality. Macbeth argues and reminds himself about how his king has never abused his high royal powers. He tries to remind himself that he is Duncan's relative, host, and loyal subject. "First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; then, as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself. Besides, this Duncan hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been so clear in his great office, that his virtues will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against the deep damnation of his taking-off; and pity, like a naked new-born babe, striding the blast, or heaven's cherubin, horsed upon the sightless couriers of the air, shall blow the horrid deed in every eye, that tears shall drown the wind" (343).
He insists that Duncan is such a good person that there is no such reason for killing him.
Macbeth now becomes a manipulated husband when Lady Macbeth challenges his manhood by insulting him and literally calling him a chicken if he does not do what she asks. "I have given suck, and know how tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me. I would, while it was smiling in my face, have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums and dashed the brains out, had I sworn as you have done to this" (345). She states that she will kill the baby she...