Serial Killer In Macbeth

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“Seize upon Fife, give to th’ edge o’ the’sword His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls (4, 1,151-152) .The tragedy of Macbeth is one of the greatest tragedies written by William Shakespeare (1564-1616). Shakespeare is recognized as the most influential writer in the English language. The story of Macbeth was written to please the king of Scotland, who thought that he was the descendent of an 11th century historical figure, Banquo. In the tragedy, Macbeth is misguided by the three witches and Macbeth, a loyal warrior to the king of Scotland, becomes a power thirsty murderer and kills king Duncan of Scotland. Because of his killing of King Duncan, Macbeth start’s to feel guilty of his actions and in order to cover that guilt, he becomes…show more content…
The reason someone might consider Macbeth a serial killer is because a common characteristic of a serial killer is to want to be in control of or have power over others. This characteristic is portrayed when he says “O, yet I do repent me of my fury, that I did kill them” (2, 4,100-101). The text illustrates that Macbeth is trying to hide the fact that he killed the guards, in order to hide the truth of him killing King Duncan from the other citizens and court members of Scotland. There are many instances in the tragedy that portray Macbeth’s changing character into a merciless, serial killer. For instance, in the tragedy, Macbeth says, “Seize upon Fife, give to th’ edge o’ the’ sword His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls (4, 1,151-152). This quote from the text proves that Macbeth has no mercy on Macduff’s family because he decides to kill Macduff’s family, even though Macduff’s family didn’t do anything wrong. This act of Macbeth shows that the intensity of Macbeth’s guilt has been elevated, ever since Macbeth’s murder of King Duncan, because of Macbeth’s conscious efforts to keep everything he did under his

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