With Macbeth, Shakespeare has crafted a character that falls under immense pressures from various sources. These opposing forces create internal conflict with Macbeth as he is torn between right and wrong, ambition and loyalty. Shakespeare has engineered this internal strife as a means to highlight the theme of right versus wrong in this work.
As a general and great soldier, Macbeth has a developed sense of duty. Throughout the course of the play, he retains this duty, but to whom he is obligated shifts. Before the witches influence his thinking early in the play, Macbeth is duty-bound as a warrior to his king, Duncan. He fights fearlessly for Duncan and claims many victories in his name. Once the witches plant the seed of ambition in Macbeth, he begins to stray from Duncan. He becomes interested in his actions toward his own benefit, as opposed to the benefit of Duncan and his people.
The final swing in Macbeth’s duties places him at the whim of his wife, Lady Macbeth. She wants him to become the powerful King, thus making her his comparably powerful Queen. Macbeth feels duty bound to please his wife, and by this her encouragement is amplified. During this transition of Macbeth’s loyalty, Macbeth’s conscience torments him relentlessly. This reveals that there must be some good deep down in Macbeth’s heart, even after he has committed so many acts of evil.
Another crux of Macbeth’s torn directions is his wants for loyalty competing with his ambitious wants. Again, as a soldier, he has an embossed sense of loyalty toward Duncan. But that crown would look awfully great with Macbeth’s new kilt. After much influence from the witches and his wife, Macbeth buckles under the pressure and his ambition conquers his loyalty. With a few fell strikes of a dagger, Macbeth’s conscience is forever warped to taunt him.
As should be evident, Macbeth is a character of strikingly immense internal conflict. This stress may even be the root of his hallucinations of men he has wronged. Either way, his conscience drives him mad and his downfall may be partly attributed to it.
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There were many struggles that Macbeth faced throughout the story. They were supernatural, internal, and external. Although many of the characters play a part in Macbeth’s demise, it was his own choice. The three witches speak of a future event that will result in Macbeth becoming king. Upon finding out this information, his wife begins to question his manhood to ensure he becomes king. Then there’s his conscience, which allows him to questions his own character. If this is where you should be, why does it feel so wrong?
From the beginning, the supernatural conflict starts. The three witch’s foretold events, that one might actually consider good news. The witches tell Macbeth he will soon become King. Unfortunately…show more content…
Unless he wanted his people to expose him for the traitor he truly became.
Lady Macbeth plot’s eventual drove her insane and soon off a cliff; literally. This was not before Macbeths internal conflicts began to surface. The many men he killed to get to the throne, he was not hearing their voices, and hallucinating their bodies. He was talking to them and they weren’t there. His conscience would not let these people rest because their blood was on Macbeth’s hands. Others easily manipulated Macbeth, and caused him to make decisions he wouldn’t usually make. His conscience had to let him know that eventually “his” own free will would determine his future. In this particular case, almost no decision was simply his own. The witches and Lady Macbeth were the beginning, middle, and end to his new occupation; King Macbeth
As he is pulled into different directions, the witches, his wife, and his conscience begin to take a physical and mental toll on Macbeth’s wellbeing. Although each individual thought they were helping him, the ultimate truth: Macbeth was never, meant to become king. King Duncan already had an heir to whom dethrone belonged to. Macbeth took many things that didn’t belong to him, lives included. The conflicts he faced, he actually trusted the people being these problems created. His blind trust led to his demise. Just that fast the rise and fall of King