Obsession in Macbeth Zion, Logan, Tom, and Will

Podcast Link: https://soundcloud.com/thedirtysox/obsession-in-macbeth-podcast

In the play of Macbeth, we see Macbeth's progession of obsession for power and also how he hungers for more everytime he obtains more power. In the beginning, Macbeth is named Thane of Cawdor and Thane of Glamis. As he gets this first taste of power, he has thoughts to kill the King. This, at the time just thoughts and ideas, is fueled to an obsession by the 3 Witches and even his own wife, Lady Macbeth.

And as we see in the play, he is concerned and worried about the Witches prophecy and his manliness is also tested by Lady Macbeth both in which taunted and pulled him into his insane obsession and then once he started he just couldn't stop. For more information on this I would suggest going to https://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/m/macbeth/character-analysis/macbeth

After he is encouraged to do this, he follows it and kills the King to satisfy his ambition. Although he feels guilty as said by the play, "To know my deed, 'twere best not know myself. Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I would thou couldst!" (Shakespeare, Act 3 Scene 1) he almost immediately remembers Banquo's son will seize the Crown after him as said by the Witches. He then fears that his reign will be cut short so he decides to kill his best friend and his son.

After this we find Macbeth going completely insane. This insanity can be attributed to his lack of sleep, hunger for more power, and possibly regretting passed events. This insanity caused Macbeth to make rash decisions and bad mistakes. This also created many enemies which will come back to attack and kill him.

This ambition for more power and keeping his power made him go back to the Witches to receive more prophecy to give him a "heads up" of who would kill him next. This caused him to kill more people and go insane even more.

After Lady Macbeth's suicide, Macbeth can be seen almost coming back to his senses. He is looking back at his past mistakes and realizes every thing he did was wrong. He even states, "Life's but a walking shadow...Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." (Shakespeare, Act 5 Scene 5) as he thinks that his life and life in general is meanness and pointless. This is in fact wrong as stated in Matthew 5:16, "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." meaning that the meaning of life is to praise God, but it does show that Macbeth is trying to think logically.

In this clip from the movie Batman: The Dark Night we seen example of obsession with the Joker's obsession with Batman.

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