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Macbeth - Consequences

Consequences are an intricate part of our day-to-day lives; they are the result of

our every action and are our only real benchmark for right and wrong. Macbeth

experienced many consequences in his rise to power and his subsequent descent. Because

Macbeth was of the opinion that he was not accountable for his actions he never

actually took the time to foresee their consequences. It was this complete lack of

regard that led to the murder of Duncan, the first act of treachery that sent Macbeth's life

spinning violently out of control. The appeal of power was too great for Macbeth. The

prediction of the three weird sisters, three people he had never met before, was enough to

make him betray his family, his own flesh and blood as well as his country. While this

murderous act earned Macbeth the throne it was not enough of a reward to quell his

bloodthirsty nature. Macbeth continued to perform calculated acts of violence with a

complete disregard for the consequences, murdering his friend and fellow war hero

Banquo. The burden of blame, however does not rest entirely on Macbeth's shoulders, his

wife was equally deceitful and had the same blind ambition. It was she who originally

convinced him to that murdering the king was the only way to obtain true power.

Macbeth's acts of violence and his lack of regard for the consequences led to the loss of

his kingdom, the respect of his peers and his life.

Through Macbeth's treachery much was lost, the first of which was his life, which

came about as a result of his actions. Even though Macbeth went to great lengths to

conceal his crimes and convince others that he was not capable of such atrocities a

lingering doubt still remained in the minds of those around him. It was this doubt that

initially triggered the uprising that caused Macbeth's ultimate demise. At the

commencement of the play Macbeth was considered

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