Why Is Guilt Important In Macbeth

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Macbeth Essay According to Dictionary.com guilt is “the fact or state of having committed an offense, crime, violation, or wrong, especially against moral or penal law”. Throughout the play of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the theme of guilt comes up constantly. Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth actions are influenced by their guilt. However the way they react to these feelings change throughout the play, and it seems as though Macbeth and Lady Macbeth change roles. In the beginning, Macbeth seems to be against all the killings and violence, while Lady Macbeth pushes him to commit these acts. As the play progresses, the roles begin to shift when murder becomes easier for Macbeth, while Lady Macbeth begins to feel all the guilt. At the end of the play it is clear that Lady Macbeth has gone crazy over the guilt she bears, while Macbeth now kills without thinking.…show more content…
Macbeth now kills without thinking or lifting a hair on his arm. This is clear in Act 4 scene 2 when Macbeth sends for the murder of Lady Macduff and her son. This marks the moment of Macbeth’s utter madness, he no longer is killing for political gain or to get rid of an enemy, but simply out of the desire to do harm and evil. However, Lady Macbeth’s guilt drives her to utter madness in a different direction. She now sleepwalks and always has a delusional belief that she has blood on her hands. “Out, damned spot…who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?” she says as she sleepwalks (5.1.37-42). Lady Macbeth believes that nothing can wash away her blood and even more so her evil deeds. Although she had previously told Macbeth after Duncan’s death that he can just wash away the deed, those words have now come to haunt her since she herself cannot “wash them away”. Furthermore, Macbeth’s evil actions have caused him to no longer have feelings. After his wife dies, Macbeth seems indifferent and
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