Macbeth : Not A Rare Monster

1832 Words8 Pages
Macbeth: Not a Rare Monster

Many directors, actors, and audience members have different opinions regarding the titular character of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Harold Bloom, author of Bloom’s Guides: Macbeth, states that “Macbeth is a villain, indeed a monster of murderousness” (Bloom 7). Even Macbeth’s rival, Macduff, calls him a “rare monster” (Macbeth 1.5.76-8).

Macbeth is not a rare monster, he is human. In fact his humanity is a major theme in both Shakespeare’s script and in many film adaptions done centuries later. For Macbeth had a dream that we may occasionally dream, to become the leader over all of a land. But unlike us, Macbeth has told through a prophecy that he will become such a leader someday.

It is how
…show more content…
Lady Macbeth may be just as envious of the throne as Macbeth, and is quick to tempt Macbeth in murdering King Duncan. In reference to preparing for Duncan’s arrival she suggests, “Bear welcome in your eye…Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it” (1.5.75-8). Macbeth seems to brush off Lady Macbeth’s ‘command’ by commenting that they would speak later.

Perhaps this is when Macbeth first struggles with his conscience. He recognizes that he is morally obligated to protect King Duncan as both his kinsman and host. Besides, in his mind King Duncan “Hath borne his faculties so meek…that his virtues will plead like angels” (1.7.17-9).

When he no longer wants to pursue this fantasy of becoming King through murder, Lady Macbeth decides to attack his manhood, and in some interpretations attempts to subdue Macbeth by becoming upset. She accuses him of, “Living like a coward…letting ‘I dare not’ wait upon ‘I would’ like the poor cat in the adage” (1.7.46-9). It is here that Macbeth’s innocent barrier was breached, for his response is, “If we fail” (1.7.68)? But it is not until he was tempted by himself that he discards any consideration as to the consequences that will come if he went through with the murder.

Take for example the dinner scene with King Duncan and company. Though Shakespeare does not have much to say as to the events of

More about Macbeth : Not A Rare Monster

Get Access