Macbeth Essay

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Macbeth is an epic tragedy inspiring pity and remorse because the hero, though flawed, is also shown to be human. The play portrays a journey of self-discovery and awareness as both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth pass from happiness to misery. Their punishment is well deserved but the retributive price is enormous. Evil, both internal and external corrupts their minds, distorting their positive traits and exaggerating their worst. Both fall victim to ‘vaulting ambition’, pride and greed, tempting them to acts of treason and betrayal of friends, kinsman and the nation itself. Warfare on the battlefield mirrors the metaphorical warfare being played out between the forces of good and evil within them. Spurred by ambition, supernatural…show more content…
He hesitates not so much from a troubled conscience or moral scruples but because he knows the King is loved and considered virtuous. Lady Macbeth accuses him of unmanly cowardice which goads him into action. She boldly mocks and ridicules his fears and Macbeth cannot bear to be scorned and baited as a coward by the woman he loves. With frightening speed he becomes a callous murderer, each successive crime bloodier than the one before. All are committed to gain personal security for ‘To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus.’ In killing his king and kinsman he has released a bestial ferocity latent in his nature which has unhinged his mind, clearly shown in his vision of the dagger and his later distracted manner. Morbid reflections generate an imagined voice crying ‘Sleep no more!’ and images of hands trying to pluck out his eyes. Obsession with power makes him ruthless for he thinks only of his own welfare. No feelings of pity, hesitation or qualms of conscience are shown. Everything must now give way to his interests alone. Macbeth has travelled far from the man he was in Act I. Then, the mere thought of murder, made his heart knock against his ribs and his hair stand on end. He becomes a monstrous king causing his country to suffer ‘under the hand accursed’. Deceit, dishonour, hypocrisy, treachery and arrogant

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