The Destruction Of Guilt In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Murder after murder, ambitious plot after plot, Macbeth surrenders his mental state. After Duncan’s annihilation, Macbeth has already lost his appetite, ability to sleep, and social graces. Speaking with his dearest chuck after the death, Macbeth explains that he cannot slumber due to the guilt of the bloodshed. He even shares with Lady Macbeth,
Methought I heard a voice cry, “Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep”—the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast. (Shakespeare 2.2.35-40)
Macbeth’s guilt scratched at his well being. His own mind is on self-destruct and will not allow his to do one of life's most basic tasks; sleeping. Macbeth recognizes that Duncan was innocent and it is bringing him great psychosis. Driven by the mania that the weird sisters and their even stranger prophecies have caused, Macbeth then chooses to hire a murderer to make Banquo and Fleance his next casualities. This action is the straw that breaks the camel’s back; Macbeth becomes completely tortured by his own guilt and his blood stained hands drive him into isolation and madness.
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This is a change that shows his decisions’ motive being desire for power, not honor. The gruesome homicidal decision drives him to accept murder as a solution and pusts a hit out on two men, causing the death of Banquo and attempted murder of Fleance. These decisions even lead to his own death. Tied to the loss of his emotional well being, Macbeth also loses his sight on the life he used to have and the man he used to be. Not only do these action drive Macbeth to the ground, they greatly affect Lady Macbeth. After expressing her sorrow for the crimes, she commits suicide. Macbeth learns this and rambles of how there is no purpose in life. He
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