Effects Of Equivocation In Macbeth Essay

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The use of language is a powerful means to convince and alter one’s mind. In the play Macbeth, playwright William Shakespeare develops a tragic hero who succumbs to his weakness of persuasion from equivocation. We witness Macbeth’s journey from man to monster, and the causes of his dark metamorphosis. Shakespeare explores the effects and impacts of equivocation through Macbeth’s vulnerability to evil, overconfidence in dark forces, and irrational ambition.

Macbeth is a valiant solider who’s strange encounter with the weird sisters plants a seed of maliciousness in his vulnerable character. Macbeth was rapt by their mysterious authority to prophesize; his curiosity sought ...view middle of the document...

Macbeth becomes addicted and over-reliant in the weird sisters’ prophecies because his only confidence lies in their words. The ghost of Banquo appears at King Macbeth’s banquet and shocks him into the reality that “blood will have blood”; there is no way for him to go but continue down the path of killing those who are a threat to his reign. Macbeth then sets out to meet with the very woman who conned him down this path, not out of remorse, but to seek a guarantee of safety. Compared to the man he was before encountering the witches, he now needs their information, and craves it desperately despite what further destruction it could cause. The witches are cunning and fool our tragic hero with a false sense of security as they show him his demanded apparitions. All four prove to be legitimately truthful, however their words are picked carefully to create only the illusion of security. Little does Macbeth know that the darkness’ only goal is to cause harm to mortals who seek them. Hecate said, “He shall spurn fate, scorn death, and bear his hopes ‘bove wisdom, grace and fear’ and you all know, security is mortals’ chiefest enemy”, to instruct the weird sisters to use Macbeth’s flaw of overconfidence to their advantage. With their twisted language as his only hope left, Macbeth hangs on tightly to this last straw as he battles against all fighting the monster. While his overconfidence in the weird sister’s predictions proves to be the only loyalty Macbeth has left, his insecurity also molds him to be a paradoxical character.
Macbeth develops a selfish ambition driven by his paranoia and loss of ethical morals from the witches’ equivocation. Macbeth does not feel invincible after taking Duncan’s throne because he is bound in fear for his future and his reign. Because the weird sisters also prophesized that Banquo will not be king, but get kings, he...

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