How Does ‘Macbeth’ in Macbeth and the Narrators in the Browning Poems ‘the Laboratory’, ‘My Last Duchess’ and ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ Present Strong Feelings That Murder Is the Correct Thing to Do? Essay
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How does ‘Macbeth’ in Macbeth and the narrators in the Browning poems ‘The Laboratory’, ‘My Last Duchess’ and ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ present strong feelings that murder is the correct thing to do?
In Macbeth, Macbeth’s feelings towards murder develop throughout the first Act. This contrasts the narrators of the Browning poems, who feel strongly that murder was or is the correct thing to do from the beginning.
In Act 1, Scene 2 of Macbeth, he is portrayed as a loyal and brave soldier, and someone who never consider regicide. He is described as ‘Brave Macbeth’ which suggests he was prepared to risk his life in order to protect the King. At this point, he has no feelings whatsoever that he is intending to kill the King. His feelings are of loyalty.
In Act 1, Scene 3, Macbeth has the first thoughts about murdering Duncan. However, he does not yet have strong feelings about it and is plagued by indecision. He meets the Witches and they predict he will be Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland. He demands to know more but they vanish. Macbeth said ‘Why do I yield to that suggestion?’ when he was thinking about killing Duncan was right or not. This could be interpreted as Macbeth wondering why the thoughts had come into his head. It could also be interpreted as Macbeth having made his mind up to kill Duncan, then wondering why he had chosen to go along with it. He feels unsettled that he is thinking these thoughts, and he is worried about what is making him think as he is.
In Act 1, Scene 4, Duncan is naming his heir in Forres. After fighting so well, Macbeth feels he is in with a good chance of being named. He said ‘The service and loyalty I owe in doing it pays itself.’ This could suggest that he is trying to remind Duncan how important he is to Scotland in a last push for the name of heir, or he could simply be reminding him he is always willing to fight for the King.
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