Effects Of Guilt In Macbeth

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Joe Vitale Mrs. Reganato English III – Academic 9 April 2014 Effects of Guilt Guilt, by definition, is an emotion that occurs when a person believes that they have violated a moral standard. It is the single driving force that can push someone off the edge thus into a spiraling downfall of tragedies. Through numerous centuries of literature, guilt has been one of the key themes repeatedly stressed. In this way, the morals of mankind are accentuated, explored and disturbed. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, guilt plays an immense role in the lives of Macbeth and his Queen; guilt is the single attribute that pushes them to the edge and tests their sanity. William Shakespeare uses vivid imagery to accentuate the guilt that Macbeth and his Queen…show more content…
After learning about the death of his wife, Macbeth returns to the man he used to be while still anguished over all that has occurred throughout the play. “The seventh scene brings Macbeth to the very verge of the accomplishment of his guilty purpose. He pauses for a moment and hesitates. In his soliloquy there is almost an echo of conscience” (Clayden). Guilt made him seem more like the common man and likable because of the sheer fact that he was relatable to his old self. Readers can juxtapose his crippling guilt with their own in this sense, while almost feeling sorrowful for the cold-blooded murderer. “And all our yesterdays have lighted fools / the way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle / life’s but a walking shadow” (Shakespeare V.v.22-24). Having realized the loss of his Queen, Macbeth fantasizes his own demise; his conscience wants justice for the sins he has committed, showing his guilt and remorse for what he’s done. Macbeth finally begins to understand the moral rights and wrongs in his…show more content…
In The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare demonstrates the build of guilt and remorse that Macbeth and his Queen begin to develop, consequently aids and foreshadows their demise. Shakespeare uses a wide variety of imagery to emphasize how guilt affects Macbeth’s life. Also, throughout the play, multiple pieces of evidence are displayed to prove how Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both change drastically from the beginning to the end of this piece. Finally, towards the end of the play, Macbeth finally comes to terms with himself and his devious actions, thus restoring his old mentality. Guilt is a factor of human nature and touches just about everyone at some point. The key to all the madness is to accept the burden in order to prevail and reap any type of further benefit. Macbeth is a character in which all can relate, in some way shape or form each and every person has a little guilt stored within

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