“The spring, the head, the fountain of your blood is stopped; the very source of it is stopped” (2.3.77-78). Macbeth murders the guards to prevent them from professing their innocence, affirming their intention to avenge the king in a fit of rage for his misdeeds. Duncan 's children; Malcolm and Donalbain, flee to England and Ireland, respectively, for fear that the killer of Duncan wishes the death of both also. Macbeth has killed Duncan who is his cousin. “Where we are, there’s daggers in men’s smiles.
It is a symbol of guilt, and how when you do things this bad, the guilt can really never leave you. Guilt was indirectly the downfall of Macbeth, and was the downfall of Lady Macbeth. After killing Duncan, Macbeth proceeds to kill the guards, a totally logical move. But he then says that he killed the guards placing himself under the suspicion of many. He tries to save himself but still Macduff and others are suspicious of him.
After the three murderers killed Banquo, they go to recount the news to Macbeth. Showing no reaction to the news of his former comrade’s death, Macbeth only thinks of himself: “Then comes my fit again. I had else been perfect” (Shakespeare 99). Macbeth, asking if Fleance is dead, is only tormented after hearing that Fleance escaped and remains a threat to his crown. Macbeth’s quick transition of concern from Banquo to Fleance exhibits his disregard to the people close to him, a distinct behavior often tied to sociopathic people.
The first murder of King Duncan only sealed Macbeth’s paranoia and served as a foundation for the murders of Banquo and Macduff’s family. After the first murder, Macbeth feels a colossal amount of guilt and shame. After the murder of Banquo, he feels that it is not enough since Fleance escaped, developing his guilt and shame of harming others into a fear for his own safety; a devastating degradation. However, during the assassination of Macduff’s family, Macbeth gives the command immediately without thought and without a trace of remorse after doing so. This thereby concludes his psychological downfall as he no longer feels guilty, ashamed, or fears
Kayla Bjelke Ms. Reedy English 11 15 January 2016 Motifs in Macbeth In Shakespeare’s play, The Tragedy of Macbeth, the motif of blood is used to represent the constant guilt felt by the characters, which ultimately leads to their endless feelings of fear. Blood comes to represent guilt soon after Macbeth and Lady Macbeth begin a murder spree that destines them for catastrophe in the future. Whether the two actually regret their decisions or not, they do begin to feel that their crimes have stained them in such a way that cannot be cleansed. The first reference of blood pertaining to guilt comes right after Duncan’s murder. At this time, Macbeth is quickly becoming aware of the moral turmoil that lies with his actions: “Will all great Neptune’s
Macbeth on the other hand, is being cold hearted because he murdered Macduff’s family for revenge. Euphemism is the literary device being used here because I figured that this action was really harsh. In Act IV Scene iii, Macduff convinces Malcom to raise the army against Macbeth because he is a terrible king. While they are talking, Ross, Macduff’s cousin, enters. He says, “Your castle is surprised, your wife and babes Savagely slaughtered.
He had just killed king Duncan and he says that he will never be able to wash all of the blood out of his hands. He feels so guilty that he thinks that what he did will never get better. He is seeing the consequence of listening to the witches. This is an example of guilt because at that point he would do anything to take it back. Another example of guilt is the hallucinations that Macbeth has after he kills someone.
Additionally, Macbeth is also scared when his wife brings the idea of murder to the table. Even after the murder happens, Macbeth says, “To know my deed, ‘twere best not know myself ” (Shakespeare 72). This shows taking charge by whatever means make him uncomfortable and making him unwilling to do many things. Moreover, Macbeth is seen weak when is is guilty for the murder and wishes duncan was still alive and regretting actions. He even hallucinates of a dagger with blood because he is so traumatized by the murder.While this is happening Lady Macbeth is almost unaffected and commands her husband to wash his hand and dispose of his close taking care of the necessary means for them not to get caught.
This leads Macbeth to hire henchmen in order to take out Banquo and his son in order to keep his power above all. Another murder that Macbeth has done to prevent an uprising against him was when he killed Macduff’s family, he killed his family in order to prevent a revolt on him “Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff, Beware the Thane of fire.
At the start of the story she instigates Macbeth to murder Duncan and washes away his blood without a shred of remorse, whereas Macbeth is mortified by his actions. This changes however the second time Lady Macbeth encounters blood with her shocked reaction to Macbeth killing Duncan's guards. Where Lady Macbeth initially stood unfazed, she now faints at the sight of the cruel acts that Macbeth has committed. This only worsens as the play progresses to the point where she hallucinates blood spots on her hands, representing the guilt she now cannot escape