Greed Quotes In Macbeth

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Greed has a reputation for ruining a person’s moral judgment Having an excessive amount of greed can lead to a person doing anything in their power to reach a desired goal. Some even do things that would usually contradict their morals. In the play, “Macbeth” written by William Shakespeare the main character has this defect. The play is based off a Scottish nobleman named Macbeth who learns from three witches he has a prophecy to become king of Scotland. In the beginning of the play Macbeth is an ambitious hero, but then turns into a power-hungry man who has problems with his moral judgment. The main theme in the play Macbeth is ultimate destruction of the character Macbeth’s morality through greed.

In the beginning of the play, Macbeth
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Macbeth decides that killing Macduff is a good idea because of the witches telling Macbeth to be conscious of Macduff by having an apparition say, “Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! Beware Macduff. Beware the thane of Fife. Dismiss me. Enough.”(Shakespeare Act VI Scene I) Also, Macduff is a threat to Macbeth in his eyes, because Macduff joins Duncan’s sons in England. Being threatened by Macduff triggered Macbeth to hire hitmen to kill him. But, when the hitmen get to Macduff’s house his family are the only ones there. Macbeth decides to go above and beyond to keep his crown by killing Macduff’s family. When Macbeth kills Macduff’s family it only made it more clear to Macduff that killing Macbeth was the right thing to do. Macduff saw Macbeth as unfit to run a country, selfish, and simple out of control. The witches’ prophecy made Macbeth believe he was unbreakable. He thought Macduff could not harm him because he thought he was born from a woman. However, little did Macbeth know Macduff was actually born from a caesarean-section, which means he wasn’t born by a woman, but by a doctor. Thinking he was safe from Macduff caused Macbeth to put his guard down, which leads to Macduff being able to easily end