Looking for ideas on the duality of man in Macbeth (the existence of good and evil in his choices).
In comparison with Fahrenheit 451 how is the duality of man present in Macbeth? are there similarities?
I understand the desire for power and making choices under the influence of greed and pride. I'm looking for direct references that I can use in an essay.
In one way, Macbeth did not desire to follow through with King Duncan's murder. In fact, Macbeth told Lady Macbeth that he had changed his mind. He had decided not to murder King Duncan:
We will proceed no further in this business. He [King Duncan] has recently honored me, and I now have the Golden opinions from all sorts of people, Which I want to enjoy for a bit longer, and Not cast them aside so soon.
Macbeth seems content being Thane of Cawdor at this point. He plainly states that "we will proceed no further in this business," meaning proceed no further in the murdering of King Duncan, but Lady Macbeth becomes furious. Of course, this change of heart infuriates Lady Macbeth. She begins to challenge Macbeth's manhood, insisting that he is afraid:
Are you afraid To be the same man in reality As the one you wish to be? Would you have the crown Which you believe to be the ornament of life, And yet live like a coward in your own self-esteem?Lady Macbeth is using intimidation to convince Macbeth to follow through with the murder. Had it not been for Lady Macbeth's evil pursuing of the matter, Macbeth may have chosen not to kill King Duncan. Here we see that his goodness is influenced by Lady Macbeth's evilness.
After Lady Macbeth intimidates him, Macbeth gives in and states that they will murder King Duncan indeed. He states that Lady Macbeth has convinced him to follow through with the murder:
I’m convinced, and I commit Every part of my body to this terrible event. Let’s go and pass the time by pretending to be happy. False faces must hide what the false heart knows.