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Macbeth Final Essay

            The nature of mankind makes us struggle to choose between
right and wrong. From time to time, there is struggle between personal desires
and moral decisions. In the play “Macbeth”, William Shakespeare illustrates humanity
as murky and corrupt. He demonstrations the unsavory side human nature through
three of the main characters. Not only in Macbeth but in the real world today
does this portray.  Forced loyalty and too
much greed for power can lead to corruption of the mind. Banquo who seems to be
honorable but scrubs to his desires first. Lady Macbeth reveals desire that
leads to her collapse of the mind. Macbeth becomes inundated in greed that
leads to horrible deeds. Thus, Shakespeare emphasizes that greed overrules
human sympathy in human nature. 

            Banquo reveals greediness in pursuit of his desires. He
reveals his first sense of greed when he hears Macbeth’s prophecies from the
three witches. Banquo states: “My noble partner you greet with present grace
and great prediction of noble having and royal hope, that he seems rapt withal
speak then to me, who neither beg nor fear your favors nor your hate.” (I.iii.55-62).
Banquo, who gives the impression to be an honorable man, also displays his
greed by wanting to receive a great prediction just like Macbeth. Banquo exposes
his overruling by committing the act of error. After the loss of Duncan, Banquo
talks to himself as the witch promised: “if there come truth from them as upon
thee, Macbeth, their speeches shine why, by the verities on thee made good, may
they be my oracles as well and set me up in hope?” (III, i,2-10). Banquo doesn’t
disclose the secret of the prophecies and his feeling about Macbeth for the
reason that Banquo have faith in that his prophecy will not come true if he
reveals this information. Banquo makes a promise to Macbeth that stops Banquo
from revealing their secrets. There are some upright qualities but also bad
qualities in human nature that could potentially lead to a downfall.

            In addition, Shakespeare displays a much greater greed in
Lady Macbeth. After learning the news about the prophecies, Lady Macbeth tells
her ambitions. “The raven himself is horse That cracks the fatal entrance of
Duncan Under my battlement. Come, your sprits That tend on mortal thoughts!
Unsex me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top full of direst
cruelty; make thick my blood.” (I.v.36-41). Lady Macbeth brings the disgrace of
a female character normally recognized as sympathetic and obedient during this
time. However, a female character that turn out to be angry in her desires her
and Macbeth’s future. In addition, Lady Macbeth persuades her husband to act
upon his want and his fate. As she’s aware Macbeth does not have what it takes
to actively pursue the throne, she manipulates him out of greed and want: “Was
the hope drunk from this time Such I account thy love. Art, thou afeard to be
the same in thine own act and velour as thou esteem’s the ornament of life, and
live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting I dare not wait upon I would, Like
the poor cat I the adage? (I.vii.35-44). Not only does Lady Macbeth bring out
her own role, she whips Macbeth into act to accomplish her want. Lady Macbeths
natural humanity is brought out when she is not able to kill Duncan herself
because he resembles her father. This exemplifies that she is trying to suppress
her human nature and allow her ambition to rule. Though, even after accomplishing
her goal, she is still unsatisfied throughout the rest of the play. Lady
Macbeth expresses her feelings, but not to Macbeth: “Nougats had, all’s spent. where
our desire is got without content tis sifter to be that which we destroy than
by destruction, dwell in doubtful joy. why do you keep alone, of sorriest
fancies your companions making what’s done is done. (III.ii.6-14). Even though
her ways aren’t quite met, she tries to keep her emotion to herself to keep her
throne. The greed in human nature is so strong that it can overtake morality. Just
as shown.

            The New Orleans Saints were found to have operated a
bounty system in which players were paid bonuses for, among other things, hard
hits and deliberately injuring opposing players. Athletes exposed “Greed” by
doing unlawful acts for a bonus. Just as Lady Macbeth, Macbeth and even little
Banquo.. “On May 2, the league announced the suspension of four
players for their leadership roles in the bounty system. Linebacker Jonathan
Vilma was suspended for the entire 2012 season.” (NY times, 2012). Greed for an
upper role of power can lead to corruption of the mind and a collapse towards a
person’s humanity. As In Shakespeare, the NFL athletes were seeking more of an
advantage on top of the upper role they already resemble. “I don’t regret
any part of it. I can’t. … Your career exists in a short window, one that
starts closing the moment it opens. If making a play to impress a coach or win
a game pushes that window up an inch before it slams back down on your fingers,
then you do what has to be done.” (Wire,2012). Just as the Macbeth was seeking
powers ahead of his thrown, athletes were doing the same. Both to satisfy
themselves and their significant others out of greed. As I said before,
personal desires and or moral decisions are a huge impact towards people. Our conscious
can get the best of people which sometimes doesn’t always tend to be such a
good thing.

            Throughout the play, Shakespeare presents a dark side of
human nature, with greediness and determination overcoming morality. Exemplifying
Banquo’s materialism for his heirs to succeed to the throne, Shakespeare establishes
immortality through omission. Lady Macbeths ambition also overtakes her and
instead of supporting her husband, she pushes him to evil. Finally Macbeth
allows his goal and desires to control his life and lead him to betrayal of
Duncan, Banquo and his own mortality. Not only written as a play can greed for
upper power portray but also in the real world today. Forcing allegiance and or
gluttony have been proven to lead to individuals downfall/corruption. Not
everything in human nature can go as planned or as according.

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