The Metamorphosis of Macbeth Essay example

1467 Words 6 Pages
The Metamorphosis of Macbeth

Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth demonstrates what can happen when one pursues power at the expense of everything else. The main character, Macbeth begins the play as a strong character that is greatly admired, however as the play progresses, Macbeth's personality and actions become more and more deceitful. Macbeth’s deceit eventually leads to his destruction.

Following the murder of Duncan, Macbeth realizes that the murder has put him into the control of demon forces which are the enemy of mankind. Macbeth recognizes that the conscious acts which torture him essentially reduce him to a human individual. This is the inescapable bond that keeps him "pale" and at Act 3 Scene 2, he states:

…show more content…
Additionally, it is considered that at this point in the play he is possibly feeling suicidal, this observation is demonstrated by his words:

"if I had died but an hour before this chance, I had liv'd a blessed time"

At this point he feels that his life is very bleak and he is generally feeling very awful and worthless. However, almost immediately after he says this he manages to cover up for the murder of Duncan by lying to Macduff about the killing of the stable boys who he alleged had murdered Duncan:

"those of his chamber, as it seem'd had done't:

their hands and faces were all badg'd with blood;

so were their daggers, which unwiped we found

upon their pillows: they star'd and were distracted;

no man's life was to be trusted with them"

By lying to Macduff it shows that he still wants to fulfill his side of the prophecy by becoming the King of Scotland. This means that Macbeth is no longer so devastated about the killing of the King as was first indicated in the play and demonstrates the alluring sexual power of Lady Macbeth who is ambitious to become the Queen. Macbeth is easily led by his wife, because had she not been there to push him along with the murder then in all probability, Macbeth would not have killed Duncan. His actions also show his greed and ambition by killing someone he apparently dearly loved. By Act 3 Scene 1, Macbeth is becoming more ruthless and determined, in that he is

More about The Metamorphosis of Macbeth Essay example

Open Document