In scene 1 act 7, Macbeth leaves the table and attempts to talk himself out of killing Duncan. Macbeth gives himself many logical reasons as why not to commit the murder, such as Duncan just gave him a promotion, why kill the man who just promoted you. But then Macbeth states that if he knew he wouldn’t get caught then he would do it. Then, Lady Macbeth enters the scene, and this is where the murder plan materializes. Lady Macbeth challenges him, saying that he is not a man.
Although he did kill a few people in the story, he never really wanted to. When he defeated Bonzo and Stilson, he did it so that he would not just win that fight, he’d win all of the fights that they would ever have. He never meant to kill anyone. When he found out that he killed all the buggers he started crying. The IF lied to him and told him that it was just a game when it was not.
She finds him a coward because he fails to follow the murder plan and does not leave two daggers with Duncan’s sleeping guards so as to blame them for the murder. By boldly doing the act herself and going back to the murder scene to smear blood on the guards, Lady Macbeth proves ambitious and ruthless while Macbeth appears yet still contemplative and somewhat humane. After Macbeth says “I am afraid to think what I have done./ Look on it again I dare not..” [2.1.63] Macbeth scrutinizes him and tells him “‘tis the eyes of childhood/ That fears a painted devil,” [2.1.66] which ultimately shows Macbeth’s moral compass falling into the hands of his wife who proves the stronger
Thesis: Shakespeare did not have Macbeth kill Banquo with his own hands, even though he did with Duncan and the guards, to show that Macbeth is starting to learn how to use his kingly power to his advantage, but does have a guilty conscience on his hands. Evidence/Commentary: “Both you know Banquo was your enemy” (III.i.115-116), Macbeth’s convincing argument to get the murderers to kill Banquo for him, was a tactic he learned from his wife. After his wife had manipulated Macbeth into killing King Duncan, Macbeth used that same manipulation to his murderers. In both situations the arguments made were that deep down, they all truly wanted and knew if it was not for a certain person in their way, they would live a better life. Shakespeare starts to develop a more in depth personality to Macbeth, and showing how much his character has grown since the beginning of the play.
The murder of Duncan proves to be difficult for Macbeth to come to terms with his guilt, but he does not feel such a great deal of remorse, once Lady Macbeth reassures him. After the murder of Duncan , Macbeth puts on an extravagant show for the nobles, so as not to place blame on him, for the murder. “O horror, horror, horror, / Tongue nor heart cannot conceive, nor name thee.” (2.3.59-60). If he is truly remorseful it would prove to be very difficult to put on such a façade. His lack of a guilty conscience allows for him to go on in denial and is able to clear his mind of any remorse.
In part of the play, Macbeth even admits to his ambition, "I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself, and falls on the other." As a result, many decisions were influenced negatively. His choice to kill the king was made too quickly, and had begun the snowballing effect of killing innocent people. After the witches had told Macbeth the four apparitions, he felt as though Banquo needed to be killed, since he was in the way of Macbeths becoming king. Other Characters in the play greatly influenced Macbeth.
/ When you durst do it, then you were a man” (1.7.47-49).. She defines manhood as stark aggression to achieve power in any means necessary such as killing Duncan. Macbeth, had compassion for Duncan but due to fear of being demasculinized if he did not act on his ambition results in his submission into temptation. As said from a female, it makes the reverse psychology from Lady Macbeth even more potent due to the preservation of gender roles. As one progresses through the story, Macbeth becomes more emotionally numb and tyrannical, for he then kills Banquo for fear of his intelligence on the murder of King Duncan. Then he kills Macduff’s family out of anger.
Because of this, he decides he must kill Banquo, so that there will be no heir. “Macbeth plots the murder of Banquo, out of jealousy and insecurity.” (Hompi 1) This is obviously an absurd idea, and prior to Macbeth’s murder of King Duncan he never would have considered it as a solution. Shakespeare uses this to show how power corrupts even the best of people. It is obvious that this is still a problem in society today, as people start off with good intentions but slowly get sidetracked. Before long, their objectives have changed completely.
Hamlet is often hesitant to do things, for example where he had the chance to kill Claudius in the chapel but couldn’t bring himself to do it, not because he would be killing another human but because he wanted Claudius to suffer and not go straight to Heaven. Although a case could be made that Hamlet’s actions are not moral or good, they are certainly not deranged or mad. There is only one moment where Hamlet acts rashly, motivated purely by anger and vengeance, and that is when he kills Claudius. On the other hand, Hamlet does appear to be deeply emotionally