Macbeth can’t be fully blamed for all of the murders as he didn’t personally commit the crimes he got other people to do them for him. This shows that he is not a butcher because although he arranged the murders of Banquo, Lady Macduff and her sons, he didn’t actually carry them out. A butcher would have got great joy out of brutally killing these innocent people. Although some may argue that these murders were unnecessary to the play, they were important to Macbeth’s character as he wanted to get rid of anybody who was seen as a potential threat to his crown. It can be argued that Lady Macbeth is the true butcher; she is the person who persuades Macbeth to kill Duncan.
She didn’t get any benefits from Duncan’s death, and felt nothing but sorry for her actions. Macbeth kept returning to the actual murder, his source of guilt, yet he received many benefits from Duncan’s death. He became king and received the admiration of Scotland. When he returned to the murder, he felt guilty, but the benefits he reaped outweighed the psychological guilt. The remorse Macbeth felt was for the physical action of killing Duncan, while Lady Macbeth’s was felt on a deeper level, regretting instilling the murder plan that started everything.
There is a long monologue of Macbeth: “… He's here in double trust; First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself….” —1.7.15-19 Here, Macbeth tells us the double trust of Duncan. From Macbeth’s words, it is easy to find that he is the last possible person to murder Duncan. Therefore, theoretically Duncan is very safe in Macbeth’s castle. But the irony is that the safest place becomes the most dangerous one. Duncan’s trust on Macbeth gives Macbeth the chance to carry out the murder.
Macbeth seems like an even worse person after he kills Macduff’s family for no apparent reason. Macduff has some real hatred for Macbeth, on 143 he says “Not in the legions of horrid hell can come a devil more damned in evils to top Macbeth.” Macduff is not bloodthirsty, he just wants revenge. Because of Macduff there is a strong protagonist to fight against Macbeth. Duncan and Banquo are killed so Macduff takes their place as “the good guy”. Another comparison that is made to Macbeth is with Duncan, the old king.
If it wasn't for the influences of the people surrounding him, he would have lived happily as Thane of Cawdor, an honourable title in itself. The downfall of Macbeth was ignited by the actions by those around him, mainly the witches and his wife Lady Macbeth, and eventually, his ambitions took over. Macbeth never had the intention of killing his king, but was ultimately persuaded that it was the correct thing to do. The three witches planted the seed of ambition within Maceth. They were the driving force behind Banquo and King Duncan's killing.
So together, with the exception of you who left moments before, they set out in search of “their killer”. There is no question that their only intention was to kill him. My reason for this came right out of Candy’s conversation with you at the first murder scene. He said that “Curley gon’ta wanta get ‘im lynched. Curley’ll get ‘im killed”, then you replied that Curley’s statement was right and that the other men would go along with it.
So together, with the exception of George who left moments before, they set out in search of “their killer”. There is no question that their only motive was to kill him without a trial. My reason for this came right out of Candy’s conversation with George at the first murder scene. He said that “Curley gon’ta wanta get ‘im lynched. Curley’ll get ‘im killed.” Then George replied that Curley’s statement was right and that the other guys would go along with it.
Another aspect of the tragic hero is that they are responsible for their own fate. Macbeth is certainly responsible for his fate. He chooses to commit the murders and take the crown although it is not rightfully his. However, like all tragic heroes the fact that he has committed murders does not make the reader totally despise him. He is seen, in part, as a victim of Lady Macbeth’s ambitions.
He unconsciously has no sense of right or wrong, he only does good and bad based on what he has learned from the people around him. This is why he has the ability to “play it cool” throughout the novel against all the superstations of him murdering his wife. This is also the reason why he got away with murder in the first place. If we
The same goes for the story of Macbeth, a well trusted man of the king plots a way to kill him to in return for the throne. None of Duncan’s followers or acquaintances of Macbeth would ever suspect him of the murder because of how well Duncan and Macbeth got along and how Duncan looked up to him. In the end, Macbeth was guilty of more than one murder and was defeated. This theme relates to books and news stories but in real life relationships as well. As much as you want to trust a friend, or a family member, you never know if they have a hidden agenda.