-What ideas does the author develop regarding the impact of a significant event on the attainment of self-fulfillmentI have an english Final, But I'm not sure what the question is asking. I'm...

-What ideas does the author develop regarding the impact of a significant event on the attainment of self-fulfillment

I have an english Final, But I'm not sure what the question is asking.

I'm using macbeth, and I thought that it was asking what event made Macbeth attain self-fulfillment.

Then someone told me, that it might mean what things does the author do to make the character attain self-fulfillment.

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jseligmann eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Why, exactly, are you using Macbeth for this essay? Was that play part of the assignment? If so, I'm not sure what you can do with it in relationship to the question.

The problem is that Macbeth never attains any degree of self-fulfillment. He becomes King by murdering, in his sleep, a beloved King. Subsequently, as King of Scotland, Macbeth can hardly be seen as fulfilled; he is unhappy, he can't sleep, he is filled with guilt and fear of reprisals, his wife is unhappy and eventually goes mad and kills herself, and Macbeth finally dies in a war fought against him and his reign of terror. Except that he wanted all this to happen, which is very unlikely, there's no way that he can be seen as fulfilled.

Other than Macbeth, himself, however, you could write about Macduff. Macduff chooses to leave his family and go to England to join forces with Malcolm, the eldest son of the murdered King Duncan. In Act 4, Scene 3, the two meet, and Malcolm tests Macduff's loyalty, honesty and patriotism. When Malcolm is finally convinced of Macduff's strength and sincerity, he agrees to help Macduff defeat Macbeth.

In Act 5, Macduff's and Malcolm's forces easily defeat Macbeth, and Macduff, whose family had been viciously murdered by Macbeth's henchmen, faces Macbeth in battle, slays him, and gains victory for Malcolm and all of Scotland. In this way Macduff is doubly fulfilled: he has freed Scotland from a tyrant and he has avenged the murder of his wife and children.