The Damning Of Macbeth Essay Research Paper — страница 2
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that influence Macbeth’s actions. They constantly equivocate Macbeth so as to build his ambition. Macbeth would’nt have thought of murdering Duncan if it wasn’t for the witches telling him that he is to become the king of Scotland. He is satisfied with his position in Scotland until he speaks to the witches. Furthermore, Macbeth kills Banquo and Macduff’s family for the simple reason that they were included in the witches’ prophesies and apparitions. He eliminates Banquo because the witches said he would be “greater than Macbeth”, and that he will be the father to a line of kings. He then eliminates Macduff’s family because the witches told him to be cautious of Macduff. Macbeth keeps coming back to the wtiches so that they tell him more about his fate. The murder begins with the witches and ends when Macbeth commmits the act, and therefore, Macbeth is not fully responsible for his own actions. In addition to the provocations on Macbeth, his evil is questionable due to the fact that he feels agony and guilt for some of his earlier actions. He has second thoughts about murdering Duncan, and agonizes over such a horrid act. He even wants to dismiss the plan, until he is manipulated into going through with it by his wife. So, Macbeth kills Duncan, only to have guilty thoughts afterwards. When there is a knocking on the door of the castle right after the act, Macbeth says, “Wake Duncan with they knocking! I would thou couldst! (II, 2, 93)” He is appalled by his actions and it affects his health. Almost immediately after the first murder, Macbeth begins to have bad dreams and insomnia. Likewise, Macbeth feels guilt over getting the thrown unjustly. He is never happy or satisfied with his kinsmanship. Never in the play he speaks of his fortune and gratification in response tohim being king. He merely shouts at people or is paranoid and afraid of people plotting agaisnt him. This is his conscience coming back to haunt him. If Macbeth is evil, he should not have a conscience bothering him. Evil people tend to not know right from wrong, and thus don’t have a conscience. In conclusion, Macbeth becomes evil throughout the play only because he is tempted and provoked by others. His conscience bothers him until he feels that redemption is not possible. His acts of treason, murder, and his wife’s suicide make the play Macbeth one of Shakespeare’s most deep tragedies. One must never “forget the taste of tears”; for fear is the conscience that stops people like Macbeth from doing stupid and immoral actions.