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
Shakespeare's "Macbeth" holds many hidden themes within its already exuberant plot. The first of these surrounds the murder of Duncan and the role that both Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself played. However, the true guilt of the murder can fall on either character. Although Macbeth physically committed the crime, it was Lady Macbeth that pushed him to his limits of rational thought and essentially made fun of him to lower his esteem. With Macbeth's defenses down, it was an easy task for Lady Macbeth to influence Duncan's murder and make up an excuse as to why she could not do it herself. The guilt of Duncan's murder can be placed firmly on the head on Lady Macbeth.
After he kills Duncan, Macbeth carries all the guilt, and is too shaken by shame to continue, while Lady Macbeth either feels no guilt, or represses it, because she is able to continue the deed and frame Duncan’s guards.
Macbeth, a tragedy written by William Shakespeare and edited by Maynard Mack and Robert Boynton, displays the many ways in which guilt manifests itself and the effects it has on its victims. Throughout the play, characters including Lady Macbeth are deeply affected by guilt in ways they had never expected. Macbeth takes its audience on a journey through the process in which guilty gradually eats away at Lady Macbeth and forces her to do what she thinks is best. Though Lady Macbeth may have initially seemed unaffected by the murders she had been involved in, her desires eventually faded and were replaced with an invincible feeling of guilt which eventually took her life.
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the title character Macbeth and his wife are both exceptionally ambitious, often taking rather radical measures to accomplish their goals. While this ruthless drive to power is seemingly prosperous at first, it quickly crumbles to naught as guilt infects their minds with grim consequences to follow. Macbeth transforms from a noble general to a guilt-ridden and despaired murderer, while Lady Macbeth’s usually stoic and masculine persona deteriorates into a pitiful and anxious shell of her former self. The feeling of remorse quickly plagues the two characters and overpowers ambition through manifesting itself through nightmares, ghosts, and paranoia, and ultimately leads to their demise.
In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the theme of guilt and conscience is one of many explored throughout the play. Macbeth, is a well respected Scottish noble who in the beginning of the play is a man everyone looks up to; however as the play progresses he makes a number of bad decisions. Eventually, as a result of his actions he suffers guilt and this plays heavily upon his character until his personality is completely destroyed. Shakespeare uses a range of techniques in order to develop this theme such as, characters, imagery.
Guilt is a very strong and uncomfortable feeling that often results from one’s own actions. This strong emotion is one of the theme ideas in William Shakespeare, “Macbeth”. Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth feel guilt, but they react in different ways. Guilt hardens Macbeth, but cause Lady Macbeth to commit suicide. As Macbeth shrives to success guilt overcome’s Macbeth where he can no longer think straight. Initially Macbeth planned was to kill Duncan but it wasn’t enough he also had to kill Banquo and Macduff’s family. On the other hand Lady Macbeth had to call upon the weird sister to unsexed her so she had no true feeling towards anything as if she was a man. However, the true guilt of the murder
You can control guilt or guilt will drive you into madness. In the novel, Macbeth, guilt has taken over two of the main characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, but each one responds to it in a different way. Their similarities and differences are quite obvious and both are driven to their actions by this feeling. It will eventually cause both of them a breakdown, affecting their behaviors and resulting them into going through a psychological incapacity.
The story “The Tragedy Of Macbeth” also called The Scottish Play was written in 1606, by William Shakespeare. The story takes place in Scotland where King Duncan is in charge the country. Macbeth who is the Thames of Glamis, will go on an adventure to take leadership of the country of Scotland, while he also battles with his personal insanity along the way. Macbeth will eventually be King of Scotland and have a miserable reign due to his guilt, inadequacy and tyranny.
Firstly, the person in Macbeth that was a serious victim of guilt was Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth went more insane than Macbeth even though she did not kill anyone. She was overwhelmed by guilt causing her conscience to see creepy fake illusions. The unnamed narrator insanity was caused by beating of the old man hideous heart and his evil eye, both characters use symbolism to symbolizes the malicious of both the old mans that ruined their lives. Lady Macbeth is scared when she sees her hands covered in blood, when Lady Macbeth did the murder she did not believe that it would harm her afterwards but it did which made her lose her mind. Lady Macbeth says “Out, damned spot! Out, I say! One; two: why/ then ‘tis time to don’t. Hell is murky. Fie my lord, / fie! a solider and afeard? What need we hear who know/ it, when none can call our power to account? Yet who/ would have thought the old man to have had so much/ blood in him? (5.1 32-37). Lady Macbeth feels responsible for Macbeths insanity; with his insanity she also went insane. Lady Macbeth sleeps walks and starts washing her hands without water unconscious. The blood on her hand symbolizes her guilt and Duncan’s blood. She also feels like what she is going through is like Hell,
In the play Macbeth,William Shakespeare explores the topic of guilt. Specifically,he suggests that guilt can take a toll on you and provoke your actions. For example, in Macbeth, Shakespeare writes,”Blood has been shed ere now.. But now they rise again, with twenty mortal murders on their crowns, and push us from our stools” (3.4.76-83). The quote is saying that murdering people before was easy because he didn’t care, but this time his guilt is coming back to haunt him.This quote is said by Macbeth soon after the murderer tells him that Banquo has successfully been murdered. The others at the banquet also mention how there is an empty place at the table. That seat is Banquo’s. Shortly after Macbeth sees the ghost of Banquo at the party. Another
At a point in someone’s lifetime guilt will push them over the edge and drive them crazy. It could just be a mild deed like lying to you parents about sneaking out at night or an extreme deed like robbing or even murdering a person. In the play Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, the main character Macbeth is driven to insanity because of all the guilt that he holds. Macbeth is not the only character in the play who goes insane because of guilt that they carry. In fact there are so many characters who have guilt that it is a main theme in the play. Shakespeare uses many different strategies to portray this theme like imagery, symbolism, motifs, and irony. Although some may argue that symbolism is the most prominent strategy
Everyone deals with guilt at least one time throughout their life, and several authors use guilt to help build up suspense in their story. Guilt in Macbeth not only affects his mental state of mind, but it also destroys him physically, along with a few other characters such as Lady Macbeth. The characters are affected by guilt so much, that it actually leads to their death essentially, just because they were not able to handle the consequences for the events that occurred. Despite being destroyed by guilt, they were still forced to carry on with their lives and they did have to try to hide it, even though Macbeth was not doing so well with that. His hallucinations were giving him up and eventually everyone knew the he had murdered Duncan
In literary history, guilt plays a major role. The nature of and effects of guilt can be heavily weighted at times in both texts. In Macbeth we see plenty of guilt that mostly stems from the macbeth household and the audience then witnesses the true effects of guilt. In To kill a mockingbird the guilt stems from a very afraid Mayella who is a transparent character that the audience soon sees that she holds the weight of a very guilty conscience. In each of the text the audience follows where the guilt flows and see the true effects of what guilt can do. In Macbeth and To kill a mockingbird the pair of villains in both texts follow a parallel course of action in which they sacrifice the innocent for their own gain, and are not yet satisfied, are ultimately destroyed by their guilty actions.
Guilt is essential in Macbeth, because it evokes our conscience to feel emotion and regret. Macbeth, is written by William Shakespeare, a story about a power-hungry and ambitious leader who does many vicious acts to gain power. After murdering Duncan and hiring people to kill his friend Banquo, Lady Macduff and her son he feels major guilt. Macbeth is living a miserable life; he can not sleep and is always thinking about what he has done. Guilt is a good emotion to feel; it means one has feelings and emotions even after committing a serious crime. The people Macbeth murders are innocent; he has no reason to kill them. Macbeth does all of this for himself; he is very full of himself and he does not care what has to be done to get what he wants. He always wants everything to go his way, no matter who gets hurt.
As the late English poet William Shakespeare said, “suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.” In other words, the fear of getting caught is always a persistent thought in the mind of someone who is guilty. William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe both utilize literary devices to portray the theme of guilt in their stories and to show how a guilty conscience can lead to insanity.