Misfortunate Souls Macbeth, a play about misfortune or should one say a misfortunate soul? In the First Act of Macbeth, we hear of this heroic character known as Macbeth...who later turns out to not be as heroic as we thought. This play has various hidden meanings, but most importantly it has one authentic theme: the nature of power. Macbeth bears the responsibility for the death of Duncan, his king, his kinsman, and his guest; however, he only gets away with all these murders with the help of Lady Macbeth. Nevertheless, he is accountable for most of the murders.
Shakespeare uses the recurring symbol of blood to emphasize the effect of death and violence on the human psyche. The connotation that Macbeth associates with blood switches from a primary motivator to a guilty reminder. Prior to Duncan’s murder, Macbeth witnessed a floating dagger covered with blood (II.i.33). Macbeth had experienced violence and Blood is also used as a reminder of the guilt and trauma from the murder of King Duncan, the guards and Banquo. Macbeth refers to his hallucination of the ghost of Banquo: “It will have blood, they say.
His regret of the murder shows the transformation of Macbeth’s attitude: he lets his remorse overpower him to the point of madness. The voices he hears that threaten: “Macbeth shall sleep no more” indicate a relationship between guilt and madness. Therefore, the manifestation of the dagger suggests that he feels guilty because of his attempt to murder Duncan. There are three major transitions of thought. First, he contemplates about the dagger’s existence; the second is the invocations of dark images; finally, there is the bell that cuts off Macbeth’s contemplations.
This scene shows Macbeth's guilt and his conscience coming into action once again as a vision as it was Macbeth who ordered Banquo to death, after him having suspicions of Macbeth killing Duncan. We see now that, funnily enough, Macbeth's guilt from a previous scene has led to another scene emphasising his guilt. We see this throughout the play quite evidently this pool of guilt getting larger and larger until it has reached its highest point. As soon as Macbeth comes into contact with the ghost of Banquo, corruption is brought to his mind and his conscience is flattened and destroyed and overridden with guilt causing the conscience of Macbeth to what was a feeling of ambition to the feelings of guilt and anxiety. During the Elizabethan and Jacobean period, religion had a heavy influence in society with many believing the living and dead were able to communicate.
One lesson that I ended this story was that one should not allow their ambition to overcome moral constraints, or they will be destroyed by it. We see how Macbeth was a person in power at the beginning of the story and how he after hearing about his prophecy from the witches, became greedy for it. Once he takes actions that are immoral to gain or secure power like when he kills Duncan, his guilt afterwards tear him apart. After hearing about the success from the murderers who killed Banquo, in Act 3, Scene 4, Macbeth starts his descent into insanity and mania, believing that he sees Banquo sitting at the table with the other lords. This is a very easy example of his guilt literally tugging at his psyche.
. While Fleance was able to escape, Banquo was not so lucky. The reason for his murder was because the witches say to Banquo that his sons will be king Macbeth is out of control, and it also led to his decision to kill Macduff’s family, as Macduff was considered a threat, having figured out his insanity. . By the end of the play, Macbeth is lost in a pit of state.
The guilt built up inside him from the murder. He couldn’t keep mentally stable and started seeing ghosts. The Talented Mr. Ripley is quite related to Macbeth because the main character wants something someone else has and will do anything to get it. Macbeth kills someone and ends up feeling guilty. He wasn’t able to separate what was real life and what wasn’t after the murder.
The mental state of King Macbeth quickly declined. He became fearful that Banquo might try to take the throne from him for his sons. In order to protect the throne, Macbeth believed he must also kill Banquo. Although this time, he was not going to commit the crime with his own hands. Macbeth hired three murderers to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance.
Shakespeare 's play, The Tragedy of Macbeth, shows that evil is developed over time based on your interactions with people in your life and their influence on you. Macbeth didn’t start out evil in the play Macbeth but he became more evil throughout the book. He became more evil by killing his best friend Banquo, his king Duncan, and his fellow Thane Macduff. In the beginning of the play Macbeth knew that he wouldn 't be able to kill king Duncan just to take over his position but by the end of the play he had murdered the king and his friend Banquo. There are many different reasons for the change in Macbeth 's morals.
Throughout the play, the temptation is what keeps us engage with Macbeth and his actions to fight it. Temptation leads to murder in which Macbeth does. Macbeth doesn’t just murder Duncan he also murders Banquo and Macduff’s family which is also led by temptation. Macbeth 's blinded by his actions and all he cares about is protecting his seat for the crown ignoring all life around him. Macbeth ignores that Duncan is a humble king and that he should protect him.