Moral Deterioration In Macbeth

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Macbeth’s Moral Deterioration Throughout the years where ruling and power took place everyone has always wanted to feel powerful and wouldn't stop at any lengths to have it even if it means hurting others along the way and choosing the wrong path . For others not so much, but some will choose anything to have power for instance in the tragedy of Macbeth. This is a story of an unsuccessful ruler who became king by murdering and manipulation. He chose to kill and lie in order to have power. His immoral decisions eventually lead him into extreme feelings of guilt and remorse later on in the tragedy. This doesn’t stop Macbeth from continuing to commit murder for his own selfish gains and to become king but in the regrets the path he has chosen.…show more content…
He chooses to do this even after the effect of the first murder he did. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth plan to have a dinner and invite Banquo to this dinner to kill him because they both are afraid that Banquo will be suspicious of King Duncan’s murder since Banquo was there when Macbeth received the prophecy that Macbeth would be king, they also try to kill Banquo’s son fleance so that no one related to Banquo will be the throne. He then regrets killing banquo because his ghost appears causing Macbeth’s paranoia to grow. Quotations: (Act. 3, Scene 4, pg.109 lines 162-172) Macbeth: I hear it by the way; but I will send. There’s not a one of them but in his house I keep a servant fee'd. I will tomorrow And betimes I will to the Weird Sisters. More shall they speak, for now I am bent to know By the worst means the worst. For mine own good, All the causes shall give way. I am in blood Stepped in so far that, I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go o’er, Strange things I have in head that will to hand, Which must be acted ere they may be scanned. So then Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo who shames Macbeth bringing regret to himself and pushing him deeper into remorse. Even though Macbeth regrets what he has done and wants to go back in time and undo what he has done, but he is stuck with guilt, remorse and contrition. This quote shows that Macbeth wishes he could go back to having a clear consciences and had not committed those crimes. Nevertheless Macbeth has already gone in too deep with his immoral acts that he cannot get away

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