Theme Of Death In Macbeth

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As Macbeth commits murders, he loses his value for life based on the amount of time between murders, which ultimately reflects on his change as a person. The first time Macbeth is going to kill someone, he is scared and reluctant. Macbeth begins to hallucinate,“Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible to feeling as to sight? Or art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation, proceeding from the heat-oppressèd brain?” (2.1.37-40). Macbeth is scared to kill Duncan, and doesn’t want to do it. The dagger represents Macbeth’s value of life. Macbeth can’t grasp the dagger, much like how he can’t grasp the fact he is going to kill someone. Macbeth hears Lady Macbeth ring a bell ,“Hear it not Duncan for it is a knell. That summons thee to heaven or to hell”(2.1.63-65 ). Macbeth has become more courageous and prepared to murder Duncan. He has to kill Duncan to fulfill the prophecy and maintain his fate. Without anymore cowardice or fear, Macbeth kills the king. Macbeth becomes more suspicious of people around him, and begins to lose his value of life. He feels threatened by Banquo’s fate of his children being kings. Macbeth says “It is concluded. Banquo, thy soul’s flight, of it find heaven, must find it out tonight.”(3.1. ) Macbeth…show more content…
The witches gave Macbeth a prophecy, and he believed it because he became the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth earned that title by being a hero, and lost his values when he heard that possibility of being king. Once Macbeth kills Duncan, he is put on a path to be king. Macbeth is desperate to maintain his control, and kills Banquo. This puts Macbeth further on the path. After he orders the death of Banquo, he loses his value for life. He has gone too far and begins to spiral out of control. He orders the death of Macduff as soon as he thinks of it. Macbeth has changed from a hero to a coward who doesn’t care about anyone or their livelihood. He has lost his calm psychological state to guilt from the murder he has committed to innocent

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