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.
Lady Macbeth is a vicious and power hungry woman, which seeps into Macbeth’s mind and leads him into becoming like her. Another influence on Macbeth’s committing of atrocities is the Three Witches. If they had not prophesized that Macbeth was going to become thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland in the first place, then he would not have thought about killing anybody. The Three Witches taunt Macbeth throughout the play, and they lead him into thinking that anyone who is seen as a possible threat should be killed. Macbeth is influenced by others to act on his treacherous deeds.
For instance, Macduff undergoes shock and disbelief when he figures out the death of his whole family. As the story progresses, Macbeth’s cruelty grows patently when he declares, “The castle of Macduff I will surprise; / Seize upon Fife; give to the edge o’ the sword / His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls / That trace him in his line” (Macbeth IV, i, 165-168). He orders to kill Macduff’s innocent women and children to eradicate a threat to his power. He also uses the devastating event to send a message that he does not fear Macduff. Later, when Macduff stumbles upon the awful and disturbing incident within his fortress, he manifests his wretchedness when he notes, “Sinful Macduff, / They were all struck for thee!” (IV, iii, 230-231).
Macbeth feels that Macduff is a traitor, when he finds out Macduff chose not to attend his banquet. In a spiteful, impulsive act of revenge Macbeth orders several murders to Macduff’s castle to kill his family. Macbeth thought that the killing of Macduff’s family would shatter his will to fight leaving him demoralized. In fact, the murder of his family did the exact opposite. The death of Macduff’s family made Macduff fight harder than ever, in order to avenge his family's name.
Duncan's murder also turns his lords against him, and when the time of the battle comes, they desert him. His people, obviously not content with his rule, also desert him, and when the opposing army arrives at Dunsinane hill, Macbeth’s army leaves. "Where they not forced with those that should be ours,"(5.5.5). Macbeth has lost "honor, love, obedience, troops of friends" (5.3.29), because of his evil deeds, and this is what physically ends Macbeth. Feeling anger towards Macduff for having fled, Macbeth murders his whole family, and makes Macduff a powerful enemy.
A combination of Macbeth’s ambition and paranoia lead to many senseless murders. He killed his best friend Banquo out of fear and he senselessly murdered Macduff’s family. The hallucination of Banquo’s ghost is a representation of Macbeth 's guilt, all of Macbeth’s guilt is manifested in the ghost. Macbeth states that he feels guilty because of the murders. “Ay, and since too, murders have been performed Too terrible for the ear.” (III, iv, 80-81) Seeing the ghost of Banquo is the breaking point for Macbeth.
Macbeth would not have lost it all if Lady MacBeth wouldn't of pushed him and taunted him, MacBeth wanted to become king but was unsure about murdering Duncan. At the end of the play Macduff kills Macbeth. I think that Macbeth had to be killed at the end of the play. I think this because Macbeth being king brought pain and hardship to Scotland and also the people that lived there. Also it was inevitable that he had to die at the end of the play because he had killed Macduff's family and Macduff wanted revenge.
Shakespeare’s play Tragedy of Macbeth is based in Scotland, where a nobleman of King Duncan plots to kill the king in order to become king himself, but he doesn’t stop there. Macbeth’s greatest tragic flaw is that he is very gullible. In the play, Macbeth shows this by listening and believing the three witches, listening and giving in to his wife, and by his own delusions. Listening and believing the three witches was not a good move. When the witches tell him about being thane of Cawdor and king, he grows exceedingly desirous of these things.
In Macbeth the protagonist idealizes the idea of being king. The tragic play Macbeth by William Shakespeare takes place in middle aged Scotland. In Macbeth the protagonist manipulates his future of killing people to get where he wants to be. As Macbeth is pursuing after his ideal to become king he is influenced by his greedy wife, Lady Macbeth who helps her husband commit these gruesome crimes; as a result they both die. In this play both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth die because of their lack of temperance, remorse, and understanding, and their greed.
Macbeth’s ambitious wife, Lady Macbeth felt guilt for her part in the murder of King Duncan and for murdering sleep she was denied the luxury of sleep driving her to insanity. The Macduff’s also suffered greatly. Lady Macduff witnessed the deaths of her children as they were “Savagely slaughter’d” (4:3:237) Macbeth also caused grief to Macduff as he ordered the slaying of his “Wife, Children, servants, all” (4:3:245) Macbeth was the cause of much suffering in the play and in turn suffered greatly throughout. Macbeth suffers much indecision from the moment he hears the witches prophesies. He gets confused and is torn between killing or not killing King Duncan.