To Believe, Or Not To Believe

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In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, trust becomes a hard thing to come by. Shortly after the witches speak to Macbeth and Banquo of their prophecies, the element of trust begins to degenerate until it becomes completely abolished. Characters that demonstrate good faith are no longer trustworthy unbeknownst to the person who has trust in them. These different extremes of trust clash, resulting in undesirable consequences for a multitude of characters.
King Duncan and Macbeth’s relationship is a prominent circumstance in which the disintegration of trust is apparent. Soon after Macbeth hears his prophecy of becoming Thane of Cawdor and king, Macbeth moves up in nobility when King Duncan promotes ...view middle of the document...

With Macbeth’s new status as king, they blindly believe he is noble and honest. Contrary to everyone else’s trust in Macbeth, Banquo suspects he has achieved his new title through foul play. “Though hast it now: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, / As the weird women promised, and I fear/ Though play’dst most foully for’t” (Act 3, Scene 1) When Banquo questions the new king’s loyalty, Macbeth swiftly gives his people orders to kill him and his son. Later on, Macbeth hears another prophecy saying to beware of Macduff. In response, Macbeth orders them to murder Macduff’s wife, children, and everyone in his castle. Once again his subjects trust him and obey his directions. Although these are reasonable commands from a king and appropriate responses from his subjects, because Macbeth’s morality has been compromised, his abuses of power go unnoticed and unchecked.
One of the most dramatic changes was Macbeth’s trust in himself. In the beginning, he ran all his ideas by Lady Macbeth and relied on her to help him make decisions and carry them out. Lady Macbeth, initially the more dominant partner in the relationship, eggs on Macbeth to kill Duncan. Once the deed is done, Macbeth is too shaken up to frame the servants, so his wife does it for...

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