Macbeth Only Kills Once

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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. By giving Macbeth this power and new understanding of authority, Shakespeare examples how much people can change after a severe decision one makes, and how it change a person for the worst. While he does consume himself in a darker place, Macbeth obviously uses this manipulation because he only has the will power to kill with his own hands only once. “For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind; For them gracious Duncan here I murdered” (IV.i.106-108), Macbeth admits to both his crimes. Even though he does have the mind of an evil tyrant, he still feels the guilt that would be found in any human being. Shakespeare makes Macbeth use his sovereignty not only because he is a king who has the power to command anyone to kill a person, but because would never have the guts to kill a man with on his own ever again. Like any person would go through in a violent traumatic event, no one would have the backbone to go through it twice. Through this process of growing change where evil gets tangled up in
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