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Argumentative Essay - Identity in Macbeth

            Oscar Wilde once said, "Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone elses opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." Nothing about us is original. We are the fused endeavors of everyone around us, everyone to ever live on planet earth. Shape your identity, or it will shape you. We are all born as different people, we are all unique in our own way, but when it comes to who we choose to surround ourselves with we are prone to our identity shifting. For example, Macbeth in the Shakespeare play, "Macbeth" was influenced by another person in the play. Masculinity as Homophobia by Michael S. Kimmel speaks about how men are prone to act differently around other men because of superiority dilemmas within themselves. Another text that will be spoken about in this essay is, Conformity and Group Mentality: Why We Comply By Samantha P. Lumbert. Some people may believe that other people do not have the power to shape our identity, but I argue that other peoples influences can shape our identity. .
             Macbeth in the beginning of the play had a tendency to self-doubt and have inner turmoil but as his character develops, he becomes more cocky, and more cocky, due to Lady Macbeth's actions. In the beginning of the play, even though we could consider him a villain in the play, and irrevocably evil, his poor feeble characteristics discreetly separates himself from villains like Iago in Othello, who is able to live through the self guilt and his conscience. While Macbeth isn't mentally strong enough to deal with the guilt. This is seen through the fact that he wants to back out of killing King Duncan when he swore he would. In Act 1, scene 7, Lady Macbeth says "If you weren't a man, then what kind of animal were you when you first told me you wanted to do this? When you dared to do it, that's when you were a man.I would have plucked my nipple out of it's mouth and smashed its brains out against a wall if I had sworn to do that the same way you have sworn to do this.

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