Moral Characters In Macbeth

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Moral characters are critical throughout Shakespearean tragedies and often offer the voice of reason that is usually lost in the play. In Macbeth, there’s no clear voice of reason; rather all goodness in the play is usually killed off by Macbeth. The first major character that died, Duncan, had acted more on his potential for goodness. He did his best to ensure the safety of his citizens and was an accurate representation of the divine right of kings. Contrary to Duncan, Macbeth had the immense ambition to become king which enabled him to act on his potential for evil. The only character that could manage both of their potentials was Macduff, The Thane of Fife. Macduff could act on his emotion regardless of evil or good but what differentiates him from Macbeth is his ability to not act on emotion when it was not called for. Macduff is the closest the play comes to having a moral center as he is the intermediary of King Duncan's rationality and goodness, and of Macbeth's evil ambition

Doctors throughout the 16th century were more involved in their patient’s life. Not only did they take part in their physical health but they also took the role of a therapist and often times gave advice. They were trusted because doctors usually had the patients best interest in mind. For this reason, the Gentle Woman called upon the doctor once Lady Macbeth started acting strange and sleepwalking during the night. Lady Macbeth told of her husband murders but the doctor decided to “Protect the Queen's confidences when her sudden disclosure placed him in an ethical dilemma” (Canadian Medical Association). Upon seeing the horror instilled in Lady Macbeth’s face and in her words, the Doctor said “More needs she the divine than the physician. / God, God, forgive us all!” (V.ii.74-75). The specific use of the word “all” is crucial because the doctor is making a statement about humanity, not only Lady Macbeth. The doctor is stating the potential for goodness is equal to the potential for evil. Macduff understood this potential once he saw Macbeth in de-casibus. Macduff being the only one to question Macbeth, quote, is further proof that shared the doctor’s message. This evilness is what took control of Macbeth’s life and the goodness
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