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Explain how, after this act of murder, guilt begins to undermine both Macbeth and his wife and how this guilt affects the development of their characters and events of the rest of the play.

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Introduction

Coursework - Shakespeare's Macbeth Question: Explain how, after this act of murder, guilt begins to undermine both Macbeth and his wife and how this guilt affects the development of their characters and events of the rest of the play. Macbeth and Banquo are returning from a "bloody battle." On their way they met three witches and a witch cries, "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!" And another witch cried, "All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!" And the last witch cried, "All hail, Macbeth! That shall be king her after!" The witches soon leave and they earlier said, "Foul is fair." During Macbeth and Banquo's conversation just before they met the witches Macbeth also said, "Foul is fair." This shows us that he is already in tune with the way the witches think. Foul is fair means good is bad. Banquo thinks that the witches are evil he says "What! can the devil speak true?" The Cawdor is dead he was treacherously assisting Norway this moment in time and Macbeth is unaware of this. The prediction from the witches has come true Macbeth soon becomes thane of Cawdor. He did not believe the witches and thought they were making it up. ...read more.

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King Duncan was a human just like Macbeth but he was seen as better since they believed god put him there as king. Macbeth went against this order and by doing this he put himself at the same level as god. Shakespeare has written the play so that Macbeth dies at the end this was to show people that god did not allow him to be at the same level as himself. Macbeth committed a terrible crime of obscurity by murdering King Duncan. Lady Macbeth imagines that washing here hands from blood will wash away the guiltiness she carries. In act 1 scene 2 Macbeth is described as "brave", "valiant" and "heroic" and everybody admires him. The fact that such a immense warrior and killer of men is also lost in horrifying guilt indicates the full extent of the evil he has committed. Macbeth is so guilty that he cannot say "amen." "Now, the need for amen" which he can't speak and the fact that even the ocean cannot clean him, suggests a state of total doom. From the text we see that Macbeth is regretting what he has done "This is a sorry sight." In this scene Macbeth is not such a secure man and he lacks confidence. ...read more.

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For example when he went to see the witches for the second time after killing king Duncan Shakespeare writes that there is 'thunder' outside of the cave where Macbeth and the witches meet. Macbeth is filled with fear at the beginning of the play but as time passes his fear turns to insanity and extreme anxiety. I believe Macbeth was a fearless, gallant and daring man and people would have admired him if he did not kill king Duncan or cheat his oldest, loyalist friend Banquo. But I feel Macbeth's agony and dream to become king was overpowering for him and he did not want to carry on with his normal life. Through this aggressive will to succeed and Lady Macbeth's last push he killed Duncan. But after reading about kingship I realised what he did was far worse than what I first thought. Banquo warned him not to listen to the witches he said "What! can the devil speak true?" With this thought of kingship in mind I know see that Macbeth was doing the devils labour for him. For this I think he deserves everlasting agony. James the first would of liked this play because it would make people believe they should not try to kill him. This would of pleased him because he may of felt safe that no one would try to assassinate him again. Page 1 ...read more.

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