Morality in Macbeth

961 WordsFeb 26, 20184 Pages
Morality is the distinction between right or wrong and justice is fair treatment. However, there are competing understandings of morality and justice. In the play Macbeth, William Shakespeare presents characters that take moral actions and immoral actions. Those who take moral actions are rewarded for them while those who take immoral actions are punished. In the play, Duncan and Macbeth are rewarded for their notable actions. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have strong ambitions that they achieve through immoral actions. Ultimately, after a tragic downfall, justice is served through punishing all responsible for immoral actions. King Duncan was an honest king favored by many. His generosity is shown when he titles Macbeth Thane of Cawdor. King Duncan proclaims, “No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive our bosom interest: go pronounce his present death, and with his former title greet Macbeth” (Shakespeare 8). King Duncan is munificent, but gave Macbeth this title because he cares for the people of Cawdor. He is a fair KingKing since he did this for the better of the people. Morality is proven in the play after King Duncan is rewarded for his great actions. After King Duncan’s death Macbeth states, “So clear in his great office, that his virtues will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against the deep damnation of his taKing-off” (Shakespeare 20). King Duncan was virtuous and was rewarded by being honored and well respected by everyone including his murderer. He was very
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