Macbeth Essay

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The story of Macbeth is Shakespeare's great tragedy, the story shows the downfall of the character Macbeth. Macbeth goes through many emotions and feelings in the story; one to question is fear. In the play Macbeth fear overcomes the character of Macbeth resulting in his actions and his increasingly evil proceedings. Macbeth represents this fear from his fear of losing kingship, fear of not fulfilling his prophecies and the fear of getting caught.

In the play, the fear of Macbeth losing his power contributes to his actions and evil ways, for power is what Macbeth yearns to have. The fear of Macbeth losing his kingship contributes to his increased evil, " Yet my heart throbs to know one thing: tell me, if your art can tell me so much"(Macbeth pg 175) In this quote Macbeth goes to see the witches because he is so unsure and worried that he might lose the throne.

He asks the witches to tell him more prophecies so he can get reassurance for himself knowing in these prophecies that he will not be king forever. He summons for Mac Duffs family to be killed. The fear of someone else being king makes him commit evil actions. The fear of being overtaken by Banquo results in more evil proceedings, " To be thus is nothing; but to be safely thus: our fears in Banquo stick deep; and in his royalty of nature reigns that which would be fear'd:' tis much he dares, and to that dauntless temper of his mind, he hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour to act in safety" (pg 115) In this quote Macbeth is saying how he admires Banqou's noble character, and how he fears it. Macbeth fears that if Banquo ever found out what had happened he would tell...