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Macbeth, a reluctant murderer?

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Introduction

Macbeth, a reluctant murderer? In Act 1 scene 7 Macbeth says, "We shall proceed no further in this business" but was he really a reluctant murderer? In Macbeth's soliloquy we discover that he seems to be a reluctant murderer as he begins by saying, "If it were done, when 'tis done," this suggests uncertainty and gives the reader a sense of his reluctance to murder Duncan. During Macbeth's soliloquy we discover his inner thoughts and feelings, as everything in the soliloquy is true and Lady Macbeth is not pressurising him. The soliloquy is mainly divided up into three sections, line 1-7 he comments on himself, line 7-25 his reasons for not murdering Duncan and finally line 25-28 reasons for committing the murder. ...read more.

Middle

Macbeth says, he would not fear the after life, "We'd jump the life to come" this tells us that he is only concerned with consequences on earth but he is not afraid of eternal punishment in "the sea of eternity." Macbeth is afraid of earthly punishment so he unsure whether or not to kill the king, and he thinks it is maybe an unrealistic idea. Line 8 also mentions the judgement on earth and the consequences, and in the following lines (Line 9+10) Macbeth says, "that we but teach bloody instructions, which, being taught, return to plague the inventor." This tells us he is afraid of violence creating violence, and lessons in murder being taught to others. ...read more.

Conclusion

This was not the reason that he gave himself in the soliloquy, so the reader is given the impression that Lady Macbeth may not accept his reasons for not committing the murder. Macbeth gives Lady Macbeth a practical reason, not a moral one and therefore it is suggested to the audience that Lady Macbeth would not be impressed by a moral argument. Her response to him is made up of sarcastic, taunting, and mocking questions she asks him, was it a drunken boast? It is my own option that Macbeth did not want to murder Duncan, but felt pressurised into it by his wife, because she says he will lose her love, if he doesn't do it. So he commits the murder just to please his wife. 602 words ...read more.

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