The Damning Of Macbeth Essay Research Paper

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The Damning Of Macbeth Essay, Research Paper Macbeth. “The devil himself could not pronounce a/title/More hateful (V,7,10-12).” Macbeth is the Shakespearean tragedy that is known for its evil and morbid content. The tragic hero of the play, Macbeth, is proven to be an evil man. His evil actions, however, are influenced by temptation and the supernatural which result in him a feeling of guilt and agony. The evil actions of treason and murder which Macbeth commmits are morally inexusable. Macbeth’s evil rampage begins with Duncan, the king of Scotland. Macbeth murders Duncan to fulfill his thriving ambition to become the king of Scotland. At this time, Macbeth commits the two worst crimes and sins known to man; treason and pre-meditated murder. Similarly, Macbeths’ evil

is further highlighted with his morbid murder of his loyal best friend, Banquo. Macbeth hires people to murder Banquo and his son, Fleance, jus tbecause Banquo was mentioned in the witches’ prophesies. Macbeth feels no agony or has no second thoughts about murdering a man who has been very close to him his entire life. To top Macbeth’s evil, he does the most horrid act of murder when he kills Macduff’s family and workers. Lady Macduff, her workers, and her children pose no threat to Macbeth, yet her orders the slaugher just for the purpose of hurting Macduff. These acts of treason and pre-meditated murder are wicked and unjustifiable. Having Macbethdo all these proves him to be immoral and even evil. Moreover, Macbeth’s evil crimes allow him to realize what morbid actions

he’s causing. He doesn’t, however, try to fight his evil and put an end to it. Before his murder of Lady Macduff, he states, “I am in blood/Stepp’d in so far, that, should I wade no more,/Returning were as tedious as go o’er (III,4,167-169).” He simiply states that he is so immersed in evil that there is no point in going back. At this point in the play, Macbeth has already killed Duncan and Banquo and is contemplating certain actions towards Macduff, because he refused to show up at Macbeth’s dinner. He feels no need in redeeming himself and his behavious thus far in the play. His apathy towards redemption shows that Macbeth is overpowered by evil. As a result of Macbeth’s evil, Scotland itself suffers. After Macbeth finally does commit the murder of Lady Macduff

and her family, he goes on a killing rampage. In act 4, scene 3, Macduff, Malcolm and Ross speak of the horrid situation of Scotland. They describ the country as a “grave”, and use images of “orphans [crying]” and “widows [howling].” Ross brings the news that “good men…expire before the flowers in their caps.” Macbeth has become so crazed with evil, he begins to kill arbitrarily. Finally, at the conclusion of the play, Macbeth’s evilness is seen by his opinion of life. Life is ordinarily seen as somethign to be celebrated. Macbeth, on the other hand, says life “is a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury/Signifying nothing (V,5,28-30).” In this particular scene, Macbeth reveals his depressive feelings, which are brought on by the suicide of his

wife. His opinion of life is very sadistic. The evilness inside of him has grown to such extent, that he has no life to celebrate anymore. On the contrary, Macbeths’ morbid crimes are provoked by his wife and the supernatural, and therefore he is not entirelly responsible for them. Lady Macbeth tempts and provokes Macbeth into murdering Duncan by insulting his manhood and making him feel guilty if he doesn’t. She tells him that if Macbeth doesn’t kill Dunca, he is a coward and not a real man. She then provokes him by saying she would rather kill her own child than break a promise, as Macbeth would if he doesn’t kill Duncan like they had agreed upon. So, to protect his reputation and respect, Macbeth is obligated to murder Duncan. Similarly, the witches are a strong force