From the play Macbeth, what are the examples of agression that have positive AND negative conscequences for society?Im writing an essay, the purpose of the essay is to demonstrate the positve and...

From the play Macbeth, what are the examples of agression that have positive AND negative conscequences for society?

Im writing an essay, the purpose of the essay is to demonstrate the positve and negative concequences of using agression/violence in macbeth and how it applies to our lives

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The two major examples of "aggression" in the play are when Macbeth kills Duncan and then has his friend Banquo killed. Before we look at that, however, we have to look at Macbeth's actions before these events. At the opening of the play, he is promoted for his bravery and violence, which can be read as aggression. The sergeant reports:

For brave Macbeth--well he deserves that name--
Disdaining fortune, with his brandish'd steel,
Which smoked with bloody execution,
Like valour's minion carved out his passage
Till he faced the slave;
Which ne'er shook hands, nor bade farewell to him,
Till he unseam'd him from the nave to the chaps,
And fix'd his head upon our battlements.

At this, Duncan replies:

O valiant cousin! worthy gentleman!

He then pronounces Macbeth the new Thane of Cawdor:

No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive
Our bosom interest: go pronounce his present death,
And with his former title greet Macbeth.

Here, Macbeth's aggression is helpful. It gets him promoted. Soon however, he gets greedy and his aggression turns negative. He kills Duncan to take the crown earlier than he would expect and then finds himself having to kill Banquo because he poses a threat.

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