Mcbeath

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Mcbeath

God and the devil have a strong presence in “Macbeth”. The characters look to heaven and hell as places they have to try and strive towards or steer away from. God and the devil seem to be the driving and obvious force behind the happenings of the tragedy. They mold the characters into what they are. Even when things do not end up in their favor. The witches have an impact on the whole theme of the play. They are the ones who start to label Macbeth with titles, which he does not yet posses. The witches predict the future, which is to Macbeth’s liking. “All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis. All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor. All hail Macbeth, that’s shalt be king hereafter!”(1.3.46-48). Macbeth at this time was only the Thane of Glamis and he knew he had aspirations of becoming king, but wanted to know how these witches would know to say such things. “…tell me more…But how of Cawdor? The thane of Cawdor lives, a prosperous gentleman, and to be king stands not within the prospect of belief.” (1.3.68-73) The witches at this point fade out and leave Banquo and Macbeth to speculate. Ross and Angus enter and tell Macbeth that that the Thane of Cawdor is going to be executed and that Macbeth will take on the title. In Macbeth’s mind this means that he is going to be king. Since the witches were able to predict that he was going to be Thane of Cawdor then he believes he is definitely going to be king. “What can the devil speak true?”(1.3.107) This is Banquo’s reaction after Ross “hails” Macbeth with his new title, Thane of Cawdor. Banquo starts to wonder if what the witches proclaimed, would actually come true. If what they said did come true for him it would mean his children would be kings. This quote is sort of strange to me. I am taking it as he refers to the witches as the devil. I don’t know how he came to this conclusion; maybe it is just how he is trained to think towards anyone that can see the future. The witches planted this thought into Macbeth’s head about being king. Since the Cawdor topic came true with ease he believes that him becoming king will also be an easy transition. Banquo warns Macbeth that he may be being tricked by the deception the witches. “And often times to win us to our harm the instruments of darkness tell us truths”. (1.3.120-123) At this point Macbeth is overrun with the thought of killing King Duncan. He drifts into his thoughts and wonders how he easily believes the witches. It seems that he gave in to their omens quickly, but when someone tells you something that you want to hear it is very easy to believe them. Especially if what they are saying comes true moments after it is said. Not only do the witches overcome Macbeth with thoughts of murder and being king, when Macbeth tells his wife about what had happened she also becomes drowned with thoughts of murder. As she awaits her husbands return she asks spirits to make her tough, so that she might be able to be part of Macbeth’s rise to king. The spirits she is asking to do this for her have to be evil ones. Anytime that you are asking for the power to kill you definitely are siding with the devil. This almost seems to blind her a little to the actual situation that is happening around her. “Come thick night…that my keen knife see not the wound it makes nor heaven peep through the blanket of dark to cry hold, hold.”(1.5.48-52). Lady Macbeth is asking the devil to cast a dark cloud over the already dark night. This way she will be able to think about the murder and when Duncan arrives complete the murder without God seeing it. Does she really care if God could see the murder or just her thoughts? She has to be beyond caring about whether she will end up in heaven or hell. The impure thoughts that she is obsessed with

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