Once he actually kills Duncan, Macbeth starts hearing voices inside his head: "Sleep no more!/Macbeth does murder sleepthe innocent sleep,/ Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care/, The death of each day's life..." [II. 2.47] Here, sleep is being used in a positive, restorative sense. It's what rejuvenates men and women, yet Macbeth has "murdered sleep" and cannot rest because he is guilty of a heinous crime. Macbeth is truly worried that he will not be able to reach a state of peace again because King
In Shakespeare’s time, the obedience of the natural order was absolute, and where it was disrupted, disastrous outcomes followed. This idea is clearly reflected in his play, Macbeth, through the themes of betrayal of the rightful king by Macbeth; the reversal of gender roles, particularly by Lady Macbeth who manipulates and controls her husband; and finally the supernatural powers that conflict with accepted beliefs and which dictate the actions and destiny of Macbeth. A disruption of natural order leads to catastrophic consequences, and ultimately bring about Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s downfall. Shakespeare examines the dire consequences brought about by the betrayal and murder of King Duncan paralleling a disorder in nature. The widely accepted theory of the Great Chain of Being highlighted royalty as a divine right from God and any aspiration to attain the throne was a sin.
Once he was crowned King, he became paranoid and ceased trusting anyone which had led him to killing several other lives. His paranoia was ambushed by his fear of losing the throne. Macbeth “fears in Banquo” for multiple reasons; he is naturally more superior, he had heard the prophecy and his sons were said to be Kings. In his paranoia, he sends murderers to kill Banquo and his son, Fleance. Furthermore, Banquo was murdered under Macbeth’s commands.
In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth feels guilty after slaughtering King Duncan whereas Lady Macbeth is unfazed. To begin with, Macbeth feels that he is not honorable enough to have the title of Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth hears a voice cry “‘Glamis hath murder’d sleep’, and therefore Cawdor/Shall sleep no more” (2.2.46, 46). Here, Macbeth does not think that he deserves the title because he dishonoured the king who gave him the opportunity to succeed. It is quite ironic how the original Thane of Cawdor was a traitor and now Macbeth follows down the same path.
The narrator in ATTH, killed because he claimed the old man’s eyes resembled that of a vulture’s and that he felt uncomfortable because he also claimed that whenever they fell on him, his “blood ran cold”. Though the motive was not because of hatred or wealth; “I loved the old man…For his gold I had no desire”, it was more than just his eyes that the narrator despised. He could have used a quicker method of killing, instead of haunting the old man for eight days, and enlisting fear into him till his last breath. “I knew that that he had been lying awake ever since the first slight noise…His fears had been ever since growing upon him.” The protagonist in each literature share the same selfish and irrational characteristics; to take away a good leader from it’s people and replace it with a dictator is a selfish and irrational act. Taking away someone else’s life
Who do you trust, your king or your conscious? Many characters in Macbeth had to make this very choice as there kingdom was slowly deteriorating because of a tyrant of a king. Macbeth written by William Shakespeare is the story of a brave honourable soldier who ruins his life due to his own greed for power, respect and wealth. This play begins with three witches who inform Macbeth that he will become king. It is clear to all readers that Macbeth is not simply going to wait for these prophecies to come true, after the previous king Duncan is murdered.
As shown the word” Awake, Awake” Is used, which ironically foreshadows that Macbeth will sleep no more, just like the voice had told him just after he had killed King Duncan. Macduff is devastated and alarmed, with the words “ring the alarm bell”. It foreshadows Macbeth’s decline into madness when he kept on hearing a bell just after he had killed King
With his very, own hands he murdered Duncan, an honorable king, which drastically changes his perspective on life. Macbeth looks at his bloodied hands and cries from shock because of how hard it is for the mind to fully accept such atrocities in life, especially
Ignorance is the parent of fear. –Ishmael In Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Ishmael is ignorant of cannibalism, Ramadan, and Paganism, all of which his new bedfellow, Queequeg, participates in. He fears Queequeg upon their first meeting because of his ignorance. Ignorance fosters fear. When people are ignorant, they start to get scared, and tend to fear things they aren't knowledgeable about.