Path Of Corruption In Macbeth

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The cracks in the Macbeth’s “false face” begin to show after the murder, focusing on the symbol of blood concerning which Macbeth exclaims “Will all great Neptune 's ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas in incarnadine, Making the green one red.” (Pg. 183; 2.2.61). Macbeth recognizes the magnitude of his actions seeing that no matter how hard he may scrub there will always be a blood stain beneath the surface for having done such a terrible crime, something which will only build throughout the rest of the play. With this mindset, Macbeth becomes the one who takes the commanding role in the murder of Banquo, taking his own initiative by sending the murderers after his former friend and his son. It is no wonder then that after the confirmation of the murder of Banquo, the bloody apparition of his former friend coalesces upon his throne. Each time the ghost…show more content…
It is once this “true face” is revealed which brings him to his ultimate downfall since all men have mothers and Birnam wood cannot actually move to Dunsinane hill, Macbeth assumed that he is in no danger and therefore set out on his unconflicted path of destruction. In the final conflict, where Macduff calls out Macbeth for the “hellhound” and “villain” he is, Macbeth discovers that his foe Macduff was a C-section baby and not “born of woman”, and while the Birnam wood did not actually move themselves it did appear that way. Once both of these things occurred, his first thought was to how the witches had lied: “And be these juggling fiends no more believed, That palter with us in a double sense, That keep the word of promise to our ear, And break it to our hope.” (Pg. 295; 5.8.18). The tyrant Macbeth comes to the realization that the hopes raised within him have become no more than broken promises and dreams. In his death he is remembered by Malcolm to be nothing more than a “cruel minister” and “dead

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