October 3, 2012
Macbeth: Breaking Bone Structures
The bones in our body are important. Bones are the little parts that join together to make a skeleton, which is the structure of every human body. Our skeleton holds organs in place, gives humans the ability to walk, sit, jump and many more. Similar to our skeletal system, we have another system, the government. The government tells us what’s right from wrong.
When you are a baby, you are fragile and flexible. You are not fully developed your bones are at first cartilage. Later, as your body ages, it forms into a harder structure, bone. That hard structure that forms within our body stays with us for a lifetime unless you don’t care for your body and don’t love who you are. Do you remember the commandments? The commandments are rules that everyone knows. When I was a kid I had no idea where they came from, but everyone else knew them kids and adults. Later, I learned they came from the bible old testament and they are principles that humans should obey things they shall never do because th they are wrong. For example, thou shall not kill is the 17 commandment. Today, our law
protects these principles and they are like the bone structures in our body. You can break them and face consequences or you can follow them and live well. In the book, the tragedy of
Macbeth by William Shakespeare, the antagonist of the book, breaks that bone structure that he used to have. Macbeth transformed from a human with morals and values to a natural born killer! In the beginning of the book, Macbeth was known to be a noble, trustworthy,
and a friendly person. He even fought in the war and was loyal to his people. When the supernatural witches stepped in and told Macbeth about his future, he was excited to be king of both Cawdor and Glamis soon. He was skeptical knowing that someone else had to be the Thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth, Macbeth’s wife, persuaded him to kill
Duncan so he can become the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth kills Duncan that night in
Duncan’s sleep, but he is horrified at the crime he committed. Macbeth states, “I am afraid to think what I have done. Look on’t again I dare not.” (2.2.67-67). Later he says,
“How is’t with me when every noise appalls me? What hands are here! Ha, they pluck out mine eyes. Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?”
(2.2.76-79). The previous quotes above show that he feels guilty after killing Duncan, which shows that he stills has compassion and ethics towards humans. As the story unfolds, Macbeth loses sight of compassion.
After killing Duncan and becoming thane of Cawdor, Macbeth craves more power and abuses his authority. He turns against his friend Banquo, who, he fought alongside within the war against Norway. They also have the same ranks as commander. Macbeth turns against Banquo because he thinks Banquo knows too much since Banquo was there with him, when the witches told him about his future, the first time in Act one, Scene three. Macbeth hires men to kill Banquo and his son Fleance so he can have a greater chance at getting another prophecy. That evening, Macbeth talks to his murderers that serve him and tell them that Banquo is an enemy and not a friend.
Macbeth ruthlessly states, “The moment on’t for’t must be done tonight and something from the palace; always thought that I require cleanliness. And with him (to leave no
rubs no botches in the work) Fleance, his son, that keeps him company whose absence is no, less material to me then his father’s must embrace the fate of that dark hour.”(3.2.150-157). This quote shows Macbeth telling his murderers to kill Banquo and his son so the people of Cawdor have no choice but to announce Macbeth to be the future king of Cawdor.
At first, Macbeth needed someone to manipulate him and talk about him negatively to scoop down to a level so low. Now, Macbeth broke these bone structures, morals that he used to have; Macbeth actually ordered