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.
Macbeth’s Fatal Flaws William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, is thought to be cursed; many people have been injured or killed while the play is being performed. Macbeth not only has a curse that causes tragic events, but the actual play itself involves tragic events as well. This includes the deaths of many people, such as Macbeth, the main character. Macbeth starts off as a seemingly good and noble gentleman until he is persuaded by his wife, Lady Macbeth, to kill King Duncan in order for Macbeth to become king. Then, he continues on a murdering spree by killing many others, including his close friend, Banquo.
Little does Gertrude know, the drink is poisoned. This introduces a new outlook for readers on Claudius because readers see that he doesn’t actually care about Gertrude because he knew the drink was poisoned and didn’t stop her from drinking it. We then soon see Hamlet’s true emotions as he shoves the poisonous drink down Claudius’s throat to get justice for his mother. Act V contains a continuous amount of deaths and acts of violence. The most major death in the entire play occurs after a series of events take place that lead up to it.
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
Secondly, an internal conflict ensues at the aftermath of the killing of the King of Scotland. He begins to feel the guilt, and the humanity in him begins to stir, but when he hires two hit-men to kill one of his good friend, who was present when the three witches gave Macbeth the prosperity, the guilt within him begins to worsen. Macbeth fears that his prosperity would be exposed and the people in the kingdom would know that he had murdered the former King of Scotland. When the two hired hit men murderers his good friend, Banquo, an internal conflict begins. Macbeth begins to hallucinate his dead friend and therefore begins to struggle to distinguish between what is real and what is not.
The prophecies of the witches, and later the apparitions, encourage Macbeth to murder his friend, Banquo, because his sons were destined to become future kings. When Macduff hears of Macbeth’s tyranny, Macduff kills Macbeth and take away his power. The power of the witches cause Macbeth to murder many of the characters to get what he desires, which results in Macbeth’s own death. Throughout
However, Shakespeare uses Macbeth emphasis the effects of misusing power, and how it changes Macbeth, one of many characters who change. The tragic play evidently exhibits hatred, especially towards Macbeth, which as further lead to corruption. Shakespeare displays the fall of many kings, such as the gory murder of King Duncan and the death of Macbeth however, the death
He tries to cover it up but the guilt is too much for him, much like Macbeth. Both pieces of literature portray the power of guilt by showing how the characters deteriorate from the actions that have committed. For example how Macbeth starts to see the ghost of Banquo, his loyal friend whom he orders to be killed. ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ and Macbeth show how evil
Macbeth discusses killing King Duncan to Lady Macbeth, to which she says, “When you durst do it, then you were a man”(ll. 50). With hesitations Macbeth is drawn to commit a murder that should not take place. Lady Macbeth calls him out on his weakness, saying he will be a man when it is all over with. Macbeth is weak and listens to Lady Macbeth and kills King Duncan for her want to be Queen of Scotland.
For example, as Macbeth continues to get greedy and crazy and kills Siward. As Macbeth and Macduff get ready to battle, Macbeth’s lust for power again gets the better of him. Soon after he then finds out that his own wife, Lady Macbeth commits suicide, after going insane. Seyton states: “The queen, my lord, is dead.” (5.5 17) When Macbeth hears this he doesn’t have much, if not any feeling about it and quickly moves on. Macduff realizes from that moment on that Macbeth has reached his breaking point and that Macbeth’s kingdom can finally be