This has a direct effect on the audience’s views and thoughts of Macbeth, thus creating pity and fear within the audience. Macbeth, being a man and a human being himself, is in-clined to some forms of temptation, to which man himself has quite often succumbed. The guilt that Mac-beth experiences after the death of his beloved King Duncan also experienced in every human’s life, gives the viewer much pity for Macbeth, as they also felt sorrow for the wrong outcome in succumbing to tempta-tion. The sword appearing in front of Macbeth's eyes during [II.i.37] gives both fear and pity for Macbeth. The death of Banquo, which was ordered by Macbeth, gives the audience fear for the extreme lengths Mac-beth will go to.
Macbeth feels a great deal of remorse after he has killed the king. He understands that he has committed a sin and will be punished. He is so terrified that he hears voices telling him:“ Macbeth does murder sleep, … , Macbeth shall sleep no more”(Act 2, Sc.2 p. 57). Macbeth is very upset with himself and wishes that he never killed Duncan. “To know my deed it were best not know myself.” When he hears strange knocking at the gate he wishes that it wakes up Duncan, “wake Duncan with thy knocking”, however it is too late (Act 2, Sc.3 p. 61).
It is clear that Macbeth feels intense guilt and shock upon committing a sin, which is why he is so fixated on his inability to pray. His hands are bloody, both literally and figuratively, implying that the stains on his hands are guilt and cannot be washed off, just as the hangman’s hands are permanently covered in blood. Furthermore, these feelings continue to haunt Macbeth as he takes Duncan’s place as king. As quoted from his remark to Lady Macbeth, “Ere we eat our m... ... middle of paper ... ...is time to do’t” (5.1.32-33). As she relives the night of Duncan’s murder, her feelings consume her further and evolves into a mental illness.
The Guilt of Macbeth There is guilt throughout the play that motivates Macbeth. This guilt drives Lady Macbeth to insanity, which in the end causes the death of Lady Macbeth. Throughout the play Macbeth's deeds do no good his for conscious and his inheritance of the throne. There have been several occasions that Macbeth had experienced his guilt of the crimes he committed and the feeling of the fact that he was to be overthrown. After Macbeth kills King Duncan he feels guilty after committing this crime.
Macbeth’s suffering shows how uncomfortable he feels after initiating such an atrocious decision just to look manly and to fulfill his ambitions. Macbeth will agonize in great pain originating from the feeling of guilt. The murder that starts with his ambition to become a King ruins Macbeth’s life leading him to the darkness of guilt. In Act 2, scene 4, Macbeth reveals his deep and hidden desires: “Stars, hide your ... ... middle of paper ... ...degree murder for violating the state law #13-1105. He has been found guilty for committing the crime of King Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff’s family.
As his host he should be protecting him, not killing him. Macbeth believes in “even-handed justice” and that if he commits evil, evil will be put upon him. He ultimately decides not to kill the King but Lady Macbeth convinces him otherwise, “What beast was’t then That made you break this enterprise to me?” she asks. Lady Macbeth does later fell guilt over her part in Duncan’s murder but Macbeth’s guilt is immediate.. Macbeth murders his great king and only moments later feels horrible guilt, “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood Clean from my hand?”(2:2:77) Blood on hands is a symbol of guilt that Macbeth sees often in this play “with thy bloody and invisible hand” (3:2:53) He feels guilt like he has never experienced before “gouts of blood, which was not so before”(2:1:53) he says.
Macbeth has tarnished all the achievements and praise he has worked towards, and in the process has fallen into a world of darkness and lies. The murder of Duncan is the stepping stone that leads to Macbeth 's life of anguish and suffering. Macbeth will suffer a great deal of pain because of his guilty conscious. Macbeth’s remorse prevents him from fully enjoying his ill gotten gains. He feels dishearten at being responsible for the murder of Duncan.
Macbeth further compromises his honor by arranging the murder of his best friend, Banquo. Banquo’s places Macbeth in a precarious situation; he is deeply entrenched in suspicion and there is no way out. Macbeth’s vision of Banquo’s ghost at a royal banquet only drives him closer to insanity. Macbeth has changed dramatically as a character throughout the play. Macbeth was tortured with remorse after Duncan’s murder but upon hearing of Banquo’s successful assassination he is elated.
Macbeth now convinced that he must prove his manliness by becoming king and he must make this happen by murdering Duncan. Although Lady Macbeth is portrayed as the villain, she has to have someone else to what she want which keeps her from doing the dirty work. After Macbeth kills Duncan, it seems that Lady Macbeth helps by finishing the murder by framing someone other than her husband. Macbeth is a tragic hero who causes suffering by committing murder and distress, exemplifying the negative effects of a bloodthirsty desire for power. Lady Macbeth torments her husband Macbeth in going through with the evil deed of murder which leads her to be the villain.
Macbeth as a Shakespearean Tragic Hero In this essay I will be exploring how far Macbeth is considered to be a Shakespearean tragic hero. According to A.C Bradley, the man who defined what a Shakespearean tragic hero is, a typical Shakespearean tragic hero is a person of greatness and high power. We can see at the beginning of the play that Macbeth is the 'Thane of Glamis' but is then promoted, due to the execution of a traitor, to the 'Thane of Cawdor'. A Shakespearean tragic hero also has many character flaws, which lead to their downfall. Macbeth is an extremely ambitious character; he knows what he wants and how to get it, even if that means murdering Duncan to become King.