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Guilt In Macbeth Essay

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Guilt: For the Better or Worse? Guilt may be a lesson to learn or detrimental it depends on how one manages it. Additionally, one may interpret it as being necessary to flourish or a hindrance in one’s path. Individuals, in reality, novels, and plays may at some point feel this emotion, and when they encounter it, it may affect them positively or negatively. In the play Macbeth and the novel A Separate Peace, various characters begin to feel guilty for the actions they have committed beforehand. However, a few characters guilt appeared to be useful and helpful, while others were devastating and disastrous. In this case, guilt can be constructive as, Gene attempts to redeem himself by being a better friend to Phineas after causing him to…show more content…
77, Ch. 6) This shows that Gene wants to discover his true identity, therefore, allowing Phineas to train him for the 1944 Olympics as he can no longer be an athlete, granting him the chance to form Gene into one. In the end, Gene is at peace with himself after Phineas’s death, as he redeemed himself through his friendship and firm belief of Phineas. Another character whose guilt was constructive is Macbeth in the play Macbeth. When Macbeth and Macduff were dueling, Macbeth mentions he no longer wants to have another member of Macduff’s family blood on his hands: “Of all men else I have avoided thee: but get thee back; my soul is too much charged with blood of thine already.” (Act 5 Scene 8, Line 5-8) This refers to Macbeth “inevitably” murdering Macduff, as anyone born from a woman can not harm him, according to the witches: “The power of man, for none of the woman born, shall harm Macbeth.” (Act.4 Scene 1, Line 86-87) This shows Macbeth is somewhat remorseful of what he did to Macduff's family, and at this point, Macbeth is beginning to regain some of his sanity. However, Macduff is determined to slay Macbeth. In the end, Macbeth died regretting what he had done, and how it was wrong, which matters the most. Therefore, in both these texts, both characters portray how their guilt can be constructive. They both managed their guilt in such a way where it can improve them as a person. However, some characters fail to do so, causing their guilt to be
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