Essay by Matthew CymbolzHigh School, 12th gradeA+, October 1996

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Macbeth was a noble and highly respected figure in King Duncan's reign. He lived a brave and honest life, serving the King and his country against evil. The Tragedy of Macbeth occurred when the weird sisters met Macbeth for the first time. An evil mind took over Macbeth, and he was doomed to the witches prophesies until his death.

Macbeth was a General of the King's army, and served the King with honor and dignity. After success in the battle against the Thane of Cawdor, which was Macbeth's final serving for King Duncan, Banquo and he met with the King. Banquo was commended, and 'To make thee full of growing. - Noble Banquo' (Act 1 Scene 4); but Macbeth was given all the credit, and titled 'My worthy Cawdor!' (Act 1 Scene 4), Thane of Cawdor for his service. It was during this scene, where Duncan announced Malcom as his future successor, that Macbeth's thoughts became evil obsessions.

A power was taking over him, his own flaw from evil, brought about by the weird sisters. 'Stars, hide your fires, Let not the light see my black and deep desires.' (Act 1 Scene 4).

Macbeth's flaw is highly influenced by his wife, Lady Macbeth, who has wicked thoughts, and persuades Macbeth into many actions he would not normally do. 'Only look up clear: To alter favour ever is to fear. Leave all the rest to me' (Act 1 Scene 5) shows her strength over Macbeth.

As Macbeth prepares to kill Duncan, he hallucinates, and many thoughts cross his mind, but when the bell sounds, 'Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell.' (Act 2 Scene 2) and Macbeth acts promptly. After the murder Macbeth regrets his actions, but again Lady...