There is no way that only a pursuit of power would drive someone this crazy to murder people who are not even threats to his goal as king so why do it in the first place? While nearing the end of the play, readers can see that Macbeth is using different coping methods to deal with his guilt such as doing other laborious tasks to distract his thoughts which is something people do a lot when dealing with guilt on any level of extremity. Another thing we see is how Macbeth feels that he has to lie about what he has done to keep himself safe. He feels burdened by what he has done and as a professor who studied Shakespeare 's plays once said “The more he lies, the more he cripples his conscience. The more he deceives, the deeper the trauma embeds itself in his mind” (Evans).
One’s integrity represents their true character, and treason shows lack of trust and allegiance. Brutus turns to an entirely different person than he used to be, after he murders Caesar. Clearly, he lacks core values as a respected man. In Act 4, Scene 3, Brutus defends his actions and attempts to justify his sin: “Did not great Julius bleed for justice' sake?” Although Brutus was good friends with Caesar, he seems to disregard all of it. He knows he is under scrutiny and is willing to forgo his entire past because of his misdeed.
His conscience still guilty from the murder he had committed. This feeling of guilt showing that Macbeth still had morals, as he did truly doubt the murder plan and had begun to have second thoughts on it. But even though he still felt guilt his power hungry ambition for absolute power was greater. He had even turned against his loyal partner, Banquo, as he was predicted to be the father of a long line of kings. Macbeth growing fear of losing power took over him and he sent murderers to kill Banquo and his son.
In conclusion, the idea that Macbeth is a work in which human feelings mix with enigma and mystery should be highlighted. The struggle between good and evil plays a very significant role in the success of Macbeth. In this case, the good would be Macbeth’s thoughts towards the murder of King Duncan, before when he thought as a loyal soldier would. The evil won and he became ambitious and oblivious to his actions just to end up dead, killed by Macduff as revenge for his family. The blood on every page of the play shows the guilt of Macbeth and how it drove him to the end, just for his
“When you durst do it then you were a man” (1.7.53-58). Lady Macbeth uses the tactic of belittling him about his manhood. Implying that he is not a man unless he does what she asks. She offers him to ease the burden of this crime. Not only does Lady Macbeth and the witches have an impact on Macbeth, he also is the last one to accept his poor choices he will make to lead him to the failure he
Despite the loyalty and trust that Duncan expressed towards Macbeth, Macbeth’s prophecies and Lady Macbeth’s convincing words were enough to motivate his ambitions to betray King Duncan. However, after committing the murder and claiming the crown, Macbeth is unable to enjoy his superiority. This is predominantly due to the growing sense of guilt that has plagued him for
After being told he will be king Macbeth starts to entertain the idea of murdering his current king although since he still wants to view himself as a good and honourable man the thought disturbs him greatly. What ends up happening is after someone else is named next in line for kingship Macbeth takes things into his own shaking hands. Killing the king with a heavy dose of guilt impacts Macbeth as seen later in the play and his image as a noble warrior soon fades.
Macbeth exhibits anagnorisis while reconciling over both his murders. After killing King Duncan, Macbeth expresses his inner thoughts while Lady Macbeth hides the dagger when he says, (2.2.74-80). Evidently, Macbeth understands that what he has done as a wrong doing and expresses that no amount of cleaning will rid him of the blood on his hands because of what he has become, a murderer. But, despite this newfound moral compass, Macbeth truly believes that the crown belongs to him and only him and is worth risking everything worth. Due to his understanding that he won’t be able to move past his own image of himself as a killer and want for royalty, he reasons that, (3.4.160-171).
Thou shalt not live…” (IV. i. 81-83, 85-87). Despite of the second apparition telling Macbeth that no one born from a Woman can defeat him, Macbeth still is not completely certain and satisfied with its assurance. This is why, Macbeth says that he does not need to fear Macduff, but still needs to murder him to satisfy himself about the fact that Macbeth is undefeatable.
He makes the crowd hear him out alone. For instance, when Justine was blamed for the murder for William, Victor supposes he is the most exceedingly terrible off and says,“the tortures of the accused did not equal mine.” (Shelley 105). Victor likewise loses the reader’s sympathy, making disdain for the beast without becoming more acquainted with him; this implies we have pre-judged the creature as a monstrosity. We then understand reality when we hear the creature's story. We feel sensitivity and distress towards the beast in light of the fact that the creature has been denied of his life as a result of partiality from the initial introduction.