There is none but he whose being I do fear. From this soliloquy, it’s obvious that Macbeth is once again encompassed by the extreme terror that Banquo, his best friend may know about the truth of the deed. The fear of unsecured throne terrifies Macbeth and causes him to send murderers to perform the assassination of Banquo. Later on, the unexpected escape of Fleance triggers the ideas of visiting witches once more to seek his fate. After Macbeth knows the fact that he should be aware of Mcduff, he sends orders immediately to commence a full murder of Mcduff’s family.
One of the main messages he is trying to deliver to us is to always weigh what you achieve to what the consequences will be. This especially holds true for Macbeth, as when first contemplating if he should kill Duncan, not once did he think of how he could be punished. Also, when Macbeth first hears the witch’s prophecy of him being a king, he jumps directly to the idea of murder. This kind of thinking is exhibited in Macbeth’s monologue in scene 5 act 5, where he discus’s the uselessness of living, and this attitude towards life made him go mad. This also points to how unintelligent Macbeth really was.
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.
After the knowledge that Banquo is dead he feels guilty and begins to hallucinate, this is evident when he says “the table’s full” this shows Macbeth is imagining that Banquo is sitting at the table and is feeling guilty about his actions of killing him. He begins to panic thing that everyone else can see the ghost and tries to take the blame off himself by asking “which of you have done this?” he feels if he questions the ghost like everyone else would be doing it would been seen as responding in a normal
After Macbeth finally gives into the pressure and commits the murder of Duncan, his hands are stained with blood, representing his tainted conscience. When Macbeth meets with his wife directly after the murder he panics when he questions “What hands are here!” (II.2.76). Macbeth’s guilt is so heavily weighing upon him that he undergoes an identity crisis, not recognizing these “hangman’s hands” (II.2.37). Macbeth has committed the unthinkable. With his very, own hands he murdered Duncan, an honorable king, which drastically changes his perspective on life.
First Macbeth sees the dagger that he will use to kill Duncan. Then, he sees the ghost of Banquo who he had murdered. Last, Lady Macbeth was confessing her sins in a sleepwalking trance. The three scenes are important because they demonstrate a theme in the play. Word Count:
Since Lady Macbeth set him up to this by insulting his manhood, Macbeth took a turn for the worst when he started experiencing fear and guilt. You’d think he’d put an end to all of this negativity by this point, yet it actually drags out and he continues with doing malicious, unlawful acts. Eventually this leads to more trouble for Macbeth; He begins to struggle with hallucinations and sleeplessness, causing him to become extremely paranoid. He began to lose his human qualities during this process of regaining his ‘so-called’ manhood, as his killing spree was pretty much a joke on his actual manliness. Macbeth’s decadence then led to his marriage to slowly fall apart.
Immediately after murdering Duncan, Macbeth experiences a combination of remorse and panic. He says that he has heard a voice saying “Sleep no more! Macbeth doth murder sleep.” He was so scared and so out of sorts that he has left the bloody dagger he used to kill the king at the scene of
93). His use of the world “false” is likely to be interpreted to mean his entire life and not just the face he is putting on as a murderer. After Macbeth murders Duncan, he tells Lady Macbeth that he feels as though he has murdered sleep. This seems to be a strange idea, but he explains to Lady Macbeth that sleep, for him, was lost when he murdered Duncan: “Methought I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more!/Macbeth does Murder sleep,” (2.2. 43-44).
He and Banquo agree to discuss the witches’ prophecies at a later time. Banquo and Fleance leave, and suddenly, in the darkened hall, Macbeth has a vision of a dagger floating in the air before him, its handle pointing toward his hand and its tip aiming him toward Duncan. Macbeth tries to grasp the weapon and fails. He wonders whether what he sees is real or a “dagger of the mind, a false creation / Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain” (2.1.38–39). Continuing to gaze upon the dagger, he thinks he sees blood on the blade, then abruptly decides that the vision is just a manifestation of his unease over killing Duncan.