Macbeth Conflicts Essay

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The Conflicts in MacbethIn literature, a struggle between two opposing forces is called a conflict. Conflicts in literature move the plot along and keep the audience interested. Conflict is used by Shakespeare in almost all of his plays. He uses multiple conflicts leading to the major conflict in his plays. Conflict is introduced in the rising action, faced head on in the climax, starts to work itself out in the falling action and then is resolved in the resolution. In William Shakespeare's play, Macbeth, the various types of conflicts impact the plot internally, externally and through the supernatural, proving this play is a tragedy.Many external conflicts occur throughout the play with various characters. The first conflict is with Macbeth against King Duncan. He wants to kill the King, so he himself can be King. When Macbeth talks about the murder, he is about to commit, he says, "If it were done, when 'tis done, then 'twere well/ It were done quickly; If th' assassination" (I, vii, 1-2). Macbeth wants to kill Duncan quickly and get it over with, because the only reason for the conflict is that Duncan is the King and Macbeth wants to become King. Macbeth also feels the need to kill Banquo to get rid of competition. Macbeth fears Banquo's children will take the throne, "to that dauntless temper of his mind,/ He hath wisdom that doth guide his valour/ To act in safety. There is none but he/ Whose being do I fear" (III, i, 52-54). Macbeth expresses his fear of Banquo and Banquo's courage and spirit.There is also conflict between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. She pushes Macbeth to kill the King and questions his manhood to do so. "When you durst do it, then you were a man" (I, vii,49). She targeted his ego so that he would do it. Another character conflict is with Macduff and Macbeth. From the beginning, Macduff is suspicious of Macbeth when King Duncan dies. Then the first apparition of the armed head warns Macbeth to beware of Macduff. It leads Macbeth to "Seize upon Fife; give to the edge of the sword/ His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls/ That trace him in his line" (IV, I, 151-153). Because Macbeth murders Macduff's household, Macduff seeks revenge and then decapitates Macbeth.Another external conflict in Shakespeare's play Macbeth is with society. Shortly after Macbeth becomes King of Scotland, all of Scotland dislikes him. When Macduff describes Scotland to Malcolm he says, "Bestride our down-fall'n birthdom. Each new morn/ New widows howl, new orphans cry, new sorrows/ Strike heaven on the face, that is resounds/ As if it felt with Scotland, and yell'd out/ Like syllable of dolour" (IV, iii, 4-8). He disrupts Scotland and the peaceful place it once was. Now Scotland is a cruel place to live. Macbeth is also in conflict with England. The English army comes to kill Macbeth to save Scotland from his reign.The witches in Macbeth also cause conflict. They cause supernatural conflicts. First, they tell Macbeth that he will be "Thane of...

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