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Duality of Humanity in Macbeth

            Like a quarter, every human has two sides. It is the inherent duality of humanity. Shakespeare has the impeccable ability to show how one reconciles with this in his writings,one work being his play macbeth. In this story Macbeth, the heroic protagonist, had just won two battles against the rebel army as well as the Norwegian army. On hearing this, King Duncan decided to reward Macbeth with the title of Thane of Cawdor as well a visit to his castle. On their way home, Macbeth and his friend Banquo meet 3 witches. The witches prophecy that Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor and future king of Scotland. They they also tell Banquo that he will be the father of a long line of kings. As soon as the witches disappear, Macbeth receives the news that he has been made Thane of Cawdor. It is here that belief in the witches kindles inside Macbeth, so much so that he reveals his hopes for the crown. He immediately sends word to his wife, Lady Macbeth, who driven by her own ambition convinces her husband to murder the king and take his fate into his own hands. .
             The murder is then carried out, however it has left Macbeth in great distress and in a state of shock. Lady Macbeth criticizes her husband for being weak but helps him to cover up the deed to look innocent. When Duncan's body is discovered by Macduff and Macbeth go by the King's side. Macbeth conveniently kills the his guards so that he can blame them and no one can say otherwise. King Duncan's sons, Malcolm and Donalbain, flee the country out of fear that someone is out to get them too. As foretold, Macbeth is crowned king of Scotland. Macduff has his doubts about Macbeth and does not attend the coronation. .
             Banquo suspects Macbeth of treachery. Macbeth is aware of this, along with the fact that Banquo is destined to be ancestor to a line of kings. These facts give him enough 'reason' to hire 2 assassins to get rid of Banquo along with his son Fleance.

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