False Sense of Security Leads to Tragic Events

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False Sense of Security Leads to Tragic Events

The most widely respected writer today is not Nicholas Sparks, Stephen King or Jane Austin. It is William Shakespeare, an English poet and playwright, who discusses and debates important morals and themes of life in literature. In the tragedy, Macbeth, Shakespeare reviews many perspectives of how people may react when encountered with ambition and granted mass amount of power. The false senses of security of various characters are a major contributor to the tragedies in Macbeth. The main catastrophes of this behavior are death, war and loss of conscience.

Death proves that a false sense of security is a major contributor to the tragedies of the play over the loss of Duncan, Banquo and Macbeth's lives.

"O worthiest cousin,

The sin of my ingratitude even now

Was heavy on me. Thou art so far before

That swiftest wing of recompense is slow

To overtake thee.

/Only I have left to say,

More is thy due than more than all can pay." (1.4.15-22).

Duncan invests in an extent amount of trust in Macbeth due to the fact that he fought against the Norwegians which led to victory. Duncan's overconfidence response to Macbeth's heroic battle caused him to let his guards down. Unfortunately, as a result it has led to the tragic event of Duncan's death himself. Likewise, Banquo has made the same mistake in over trusting Macbeth. Banquo is a general who is bold and always aware of his surroundings. As Banquo hears the foot-steps of someone approaching his chamber, he tells Fleance, his son, to "Give me my sword." (2.1.9). This statement reveals that Banquo is constantly cautious, however after Banquo asks "Who's there?" (2.1.9) and Macbeth responds with "A friend." (2.1.10), Banquo recognizes that it is Macbeth, and he lowers...