How Is Guilt Shown In Macbeth

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Guilt Is Like Shackles William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth tells the tale of Macbeth, a scottish soldier who had been foreseen with the crown atop his head by three witches.The story is a gruesome tale of lies and bloodshed. As a result of the prophecy, Macbeth stays in power through greed, ambition, and violence. His wife, Lady Macbeth, first began his use of violence by plotting the murder of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth’s the guilt of her devilish deed served as her fatal trait; Started by using violence to get what was desired lead to a vicious cycle of more and more violence. In Act 1 Macbeth had encountered three witches, who told him that one day he would be the Thane of Cawdor and eventually the King of Scotland. Macbeth wrote to his wife, Lady Macbeth, the news of the prophecy. Lady Macbeth read the letter and almost immediately started a plan inside her mind to become the queen. Her ambitious acts lead to her fatal guilt by making her lose her…show more content…
In Act 5 Lady Macbeth's gentlelady and a doctor observe her strange behavior “Out, damned spot, out, I say!” (278). Lady Macbeth says this in a sleepwalk state. The doctor and gentlelady discuss what she has been doing in this state for the past couple nights. The gentlelady tells the doctor that she will repeat the action of washing her hands continuously for 15 minutes. Lady macbeth unintentional speaks of crimes she and macbeth have committed “I tell you yet again, Banquo’s buried; he cannot come out on ’s grave” (279). Indicating that her guilt is driving her mad. In scene 5 of act 5, lady macbeth commits suicide by jumping from her window onto the stone floor. One of the men from court, Seyton announces her death “The queen, my lord, is dead”(284). Her guilt over Duncan was too much for her to bare, her escape was to
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