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What are the conflicts in "Macbeth"?a)vs. character b) vs/ himself c) vs....

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ynah | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 27, 2008 at 6:49 PM via web

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What are the conflicts in "Macbeth"?

a)vs. character b) vs/ himself c) vs. supernatural forces d) vs. society

The things happened between the characters. Internal and external conflicts. The fights and other that make the sory interesting

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reidalot | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted September 27, 2008 at 10:26 PM (Answer #1)

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There are many conflicts in Macbeth. First and foremost is Man vs. Himself (internal) which involves the elements of the supernatural. Macbeth hears the three weird sisters hint that he will be King. From then on, he is conflicted about his murder of Duncan, for Macbeth begins as a good, honest warrior. However, his baser instinct, that of ambition, wins, and he becomes a murderer. His conscience seems to overcome guilt, yet Lady Macbeth is also in conflict with her own conscience and loses as she commits suicide.

Next, Man vs. Man can be seen in Macbeth against Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff; of course, he kills all but Macduff who is destined to free Scotland from the bloody tyrant, Macbeth. The outward fighting/killing is external while the actual murder of Duncan and Banquo are, at first, internal problems for Macbeth!

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