The play “The Tragedy of Macbeth” by William Shakespeare is about how guilt weighs in on a person's conscious and reveals how if strong enough, guilt can make someone so paranoid that they cannot think straight. Macbeth’s guilt begins to rise after he kills King Duncan to gain power. Macbeth first shows his guilt when he says “ To Know my deed ‘twere best not know myself” (2.3 71). Macbeth is basically saying that in order for him to comprehend what he has done, he must lose his conscience. From this point in the story, Macbeth’s guilt avalanches into something huge that Macbeth didn’t expect. Shakespeare reveals Macbeth's guilt also, when Macbeth says “[to the Ghost]. Thou canst not say I did it. Never Shake Thy gory locks at me.” ( Shakespeare
Lady Macbeth’s signs of guilt first surface in Act 3 Scene 2, where her sanity begins to deteriorate. Thinking out loud she says, “Nought’s had, all’s spent, where our desire is got without content.” All the trouble they went through to get what they wanted was a waste because it cost them their peace of mind. Fear and anxiety are taking over Lady Macbeth to the point of bringing out the humility from deep within her as she refers to her husband as “my lord.” Earlier she spoke at Macbeth and challenged his manliness.
His guilt is indestructible; nothing can quench it. In the quotation above, Macbeth desperately asks the doctor to remove the terrible psychic guilt that is destroying Lady Macbeth. He asks him if he cannot help a diseased and troubled mind, pleading with the doctor to just take one memory from her mind and destroy it with some “sweet oblivious antidote” (89). It is only later, to his dismay, that he discovers there is no fix to her guilt, no antidote, no medication. The doctor explains to Macbeth that a terrible memory cannot be vanquished from a person’s mind; a person must live with what he or she has done.
My soul is too much charged With blood of thine already"(5.8.5-7). This illustrates that Macbeth as well is characterizing the power of guilt because when he gained all the power in cawdor he went around killing whoever he wanted to kill by saying he is charged with blood. Therefore, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s guilt of Lady Macbeth forcing Macbeth to kill Duncan and Macbeth after killing Duncan goes around killing who ever he wants, puts both of them in a phase of guilt at is demonstrated
Guilt Is Like Shackles William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth tells the tale of Macbeth, a scottish soldier who had been foreseen with the crown atop his head by three witches. The story is a gruesome tale of lies and bloodshed. As a result of the prophecy, Macbeth stays in power through greed, ambition, and violence. His wife, Lady Macbeth, first began his use of violence by plotting the murder of King Duncan.
In this passage, Shakespeare explains how one event can ruin a life and how guilt has a strong hold over the human mind. Shakespeare explores how Macbeth's guilt over Duncan's death is weighing on him. In this passage, Macbeth is speaking about Duncan’s death, he says, “Had I but died an hour before this chance, I had lived a blessed time;” (II.iii. 107-108, Shakespeare). Macbeth is expressing how had he died before the news of Duncan had come out, he would have led a satisfying peaceful life, but now that Duncan is dead, he will have no happiness or peace.
Guilt has the potential to crumble even the most powerful of mortals. The Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth reveals the consequence of immoral action: guilt. William Shakespeare portrays the idea that the downfall of one may transpire as a result of this regret. Throughout the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are negatively affected as they are overwhelmed by the realization that they have violated their moral standards; this causes their guilt. The two attempt to conceal the remorse they experience, but despite this, their misdeeds take their toll.
However, as the play progresses, the gradual diminishing of Lady Macbeth’s stone-like ruthlessness becomes visible as she deals with the guilt that stains her hands. As Lady Macbeth attempts to cleanse herself of the guilt she harbors in her mind, it becomes evident that guilt is a demon. A demon that if not dealt
Murder brings much trauma unto the person who commits the gruesome crime. However, Lady Macbeth believes that their consciences will just be filled with confused thoughts as they try to convince themselves that they did a positive action by getting rid of the awful king. “ …What cannot you and I perform upon / Th’ unguarded Duncan, what not put upon / His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt/ Of our great quell?” (1.7.69-72).
Guilt plays a strong role in motivating Macbeth, and causes Lady Macbeth to be driven over the edge of her being insane leading to her death. Throughout the story, there are many different types of guilty feelings that play a role in Macbeth’s fatal decisions and bring Lady Macbeth to commit suicide. Although there are many instances that show the power guilt has played on the main characters, there are three examples
In both Hamlet and Macbeth, Shakespeare unveils his theme of how a person’s conscience guides them by describing how guilt and self doubt cause protagonist
In Shakespeare's tragic tale, Macbeth, the main character, is a brave and powerful soldier who soon becomes fascinated by the witches prophecies, and is led into murdering several characters that cause him to be haunted with unrepairable guilt. He is never at ease, and is uncomfortable in his role as a criminal because of inability to bear with his guilty conscience and physiological consequences that make him believe he is going crazy. As he begins to see allusions and false creations, his guilt takes over his mind and transforms his loyal being into living in complete insanity. The thematic statement is that guilt leads to emotional instability and will always come back to haunt an individual. Shakespeare effectively portrays the theme of
Trevor Reznik from The Machinist hasn't slept in over a year. He suffers from severe insomnia from guilt after killing a young girl on accident with his car. He begins to lose weight drastically, hanging around the wrong crowd, takes the blame for a fellow coworker who lost his arm after Trevor starts up a machine on accident, and even begins to hallucinate committing murders and much worse. The guilt we feel can take over our lives and lead us to our own moral demise. Many characters in Macbeth understand guilt whether its Macbeth seeing the ghost of a murdered friend or unable to scrub off blood that may or not be there.
In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, guilt can punish people even if they are not caught, which is illustrated with the downfall of the Macbeths. Shortly after killing Banquo, Macbeth starts to hallucinate and says “Hence, horrible shadow! Unreal mockery, hence”(3.4.128-129). This quote shows that Macbeth feels guilt while he is imagining Banquo’s ghost.