What does Macbeth reveal about the human condition?

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The character Macbeth reveals a truth about the human condition: be careful what you wish for, or, to put it another way, getting what you think you want doesn't necessarily bring happiness. The human condition is such that we tend to want what isn't good for us and to ignore what is good about what we already have.

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were both deeply ambitious people. They both believed that being king and queen of Denmark would be wonderful. They wanted it so badly that they decided it was reasonable to kill an innocent king who had been good to them to achieve their aims.

But as Macbeth quickly discovered, being king, especially in his circumstances, was not what he had expected. He was filled with constant fear and suspicion. He didn't enjoy ruling because he felt he paid too high a price, and he bitterly resented the prophecy that Banquo's descendants would be kings. He had Banquo, his close friend, murdered, as well as Lady Macduff and her children. By the end of the play, he was...

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