One example is how is easily persuaded by Lady Macbeth to commit such a heinous crime, and murder their King. After, that their downfall begins because they are both so plagued by guilt it starts to affect them both mentally and physically. The first hallucination that Macbeth experienced was the floating dagger that he claimed to Lady Macbeth, led him to King Duncan the night he murdered him (Shakespeare, 2.1.40-46). Then when Macbeth returns to his wife after murdering King Duncan, he asks her if she has heard any strange noises. Macbeth then goes on to explain how, “There’s one did laugh in’s sleep, and one cried, ‘murder!’ That they did wake each other: I stood and heard them: but they did say their prayers and address’d them again to sleep” (Shakespeare, 2.2.28-31).
He tries to save himself but still Macduff and others are suspicious of him. Macduff eventually kills Macbeth because he believes that he unjustly killed the kings and his family. Lady Macbeth is under so much guilt that she throws herself off the balcony and commits suicide. Killing seem as though it is not the way to go, it causes many problems that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth decided to endure after killing. After killing, guilt follows you like a shadow, following you every move, never
At the beginning of the play Lady Macbeth tries to control Macbeth and tell him what to do. As time goes on, Lady Macbeth becomes less ambitious and she begins to feel guilt for the murder of Duncan. Lady Macbeth and her husband switch roles to where he is now the strong ambitious murderer, while Lady Macbeth becomes scared and guilty. Since Lady Macbeth is driven by her ambition her decision to have Duncan killed creates guilt by the end of the play.
In conclusion, the idea that Macbeth is a work in which human feelings mix with enigma and mystery should be highlighted. The struggle between good and evil plays a very significant role in the success of Macbeth. In this case, the good would be Macbeth’s thoughts towards the murder of King Duncan, before when he thought as a loyal soldier would. The evil won and he became ambitious and oblivious to his actions just to end up dead, killed by Macduff as revenge for his family. The blood on every page of the play shows the guilt of Macbeth and how it drove him to the end, just for his
At the beginning of the play Macbeth, the main character Macbeth learns that he will become King. When he realised he could be the leader, the power he desperately craves motivates him to alter his character. “Tis unnatural, Even like the deed that's done.” (2.4.6-14) The Old Man in the play says this after they found King Duncan brutally murdered. This proves that the death was unnatural and it was in fact a murder, a murder by Macbeth. The scottish general was not only out of character but absorbed by his lust of the throne, Macbeth’s yearning for authority was pushed by the witches
Additionally, Macbeth is also scared when his wife brings the idea of murder to the table. Even after the murder happens, Macbeth says, “To know my deed, ‘twere best not know myself ” (Shakespeare 72). This shows taking charge by whatever means make him uncomfortable and making him unwilling to do many things. Moreover, Macbeth is seen weak when is is guilty for the murder and wishes duncan was still alive and regretting actions. He even hallucinates of a dagger with blood because he is so traumatized by the murder.While this is happening Lady Macbeth is almost unaffected and commands her husband to wash his hand and dispose of his close taking care of the necessary means for them not to get caught.
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
A Guilty Conscience: How Guilt Drives the Powerful to Insanity Guilt is the cause of the destruction of many, particularly in Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Macbeth. As Macbeth and Lady Macbeth continue to murder for the sake of power, they embark on opposite journeys but their guilt ultimately drives them both to insanity. Macbeth goes from being driven mad with guilt, to his instability causing him to murder recklessly. His wife goes from expressing no compassion or guilt to her guilt overcoming her and driving her to madness. After the Macbeth kills Duncan, he has committed his first real murder.
The final prophecy Macbeth was given was that he will be King.With this he tells his wife Lady Macbeth the news, and convinces himself that he must kill the king. Lady Macbeth agrees, yet Macbeth starts to have doubts. Lady Macbeth pressures him and tells him to quit being a woman with this Lady Macbeth sets the murder up and Macbeth goes through with it. After this tragedy, they turn to Macbeth and gave him the throne of the Kingdom. The question is was Macbeth evil or sick, Macbeth suffers from Brief Psychotic Disorder and he is not evil.
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.
Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is a play that mainly focuses on one common theme of insanity. Macbeth gradually becomes plagued by intense guilt as his desire for power drives him to attain his goals by any means necessary, including committing murder. He kills Duncan in cold blood in order to become King, has Banquo killed by three murderers because he wishes to maintain his position as King, and finally, he has Macduff’s family slaughtered. Each of these occurrences takes place because of Macbeth’s will to be King, or they are a result of his guilt. Nonetheless, they are all completed of his free will, which is what causes him to deteriorate mentally.
Macbeth’s lust for power has overtaken him, that is why he hired assassins to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. Out of spite of Fleance for being heir to the throne, but it backfires on him and Fleance escapes. Macbeth then became unstable after killing his best friend; seeing the deceased ghost and speaking of things that did not make any sense. Macbeth is deranged, losing himself because of the murders he had partaken in. ”Things without all remedy should be without regard: what 's done is done.” Anyone can see that he is behind the murders and blaming it on Lady Macbeth is not the right decision.
Another example is when Macbeth is talking to Lady Macbeth about his fears, and sends murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance. Macbeth states, “Ere we will eat our meal in fear, and sleep / In rge afflication of these terrible dreams / That shake us nightly.” (Shakespeare 3.3 20-24). Here Shakespeare shows that Macbeth can’t sleep at night or eat because of his fears of Banquo and his son Fleance. Macbeth goes on to send murders out to kill his best friend because of his fears. Finally, by the end of the play Macbeth is getting sceptical about Macduff.
Finally, Macbeth 's greediness and committing murder drives him to experience guilt and causes his mental decline. To begin, when he decides to kill Duncan, Macbeth hallucinates and questions “is this a dagger I see before me” (Shakespeare II.i.33). Even before this murderous act, Macbeth is shown to be affected mentally at the thought of killing. After stabbing King Duncan, he starts hearing strange voices in his mind “[he] hears a crying voice, sleep no more”(Shakespeare II.ii.32-33) suggesting that already regrets the murder. Macbeth considers himself a sinner,“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash...”(II.ii.58-59) and the inability to say “ Amen...”(Shakespeare II.II.24).
Macbeth is the cause all his own problems. A better than average case of this is after he murders King Duncan, and as opposed to staying on track, he slaughters the gatekeepers. “Oh, yet I do repent me of my fury, that I did kill them.” (Act 2/scene 3, line 107) Macbeth panics, imagining that leaving the watchmen alive will some way or another cause issues down the road for him. As a general rule, at that moment when Macduff first begins to suspect him, suspecting that Macbeth killed his beloved king instead of attending Macbeths coronation he tells Ross that he will spend the evening with his wife and family. “I have no words.