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Macbeth - 'There can be no pity for Macbeth in his exploration of evil. He knew what he was doing.'

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Macbeth Coursework 'There can be no pity for Macbeth in his exploration of evil. He knew what he was doing.' All throughout the play, Macbeth knows what he is doing. There is never any suggestion that he doesn't know what he is doing is evil. The whole play builds up a picture of a river of blood, and Macbeth is wading into it bit by bit but knowingly. He only starts of by dipping his toe into the river but before long is up to his waist. He describes this river in Act 3: Scene 4 - 'I am in blood stepped so far'. This sentence shows that he knew what he was doing but he still doesn't stop. When he is just dipping his toe in is when he is thinking about killing Duncan. At first, he is scared of the idea - 'Why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair?' At first he needs Lady Macbeth to force him to even think about doing it. She bribes him with her love: 'From this time such I account thy love.' This makes him decide to kill Duncan but only after a couple of arguments with Lady Macbeth. ...read more.

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- 'Methought I heard a voice cry 'Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep' - the innocent sleep.' He is sucked in very quickly by the witches' promise of being King. He thinks he will get happiness from murdering the king but all it brings is more grief. He does not finish his exploration of evil and is just on a straight line of murder leading to murder. If he explored more, he would have found it was bad and not have listened to his wife, or just let it come to chance. He is too ambitious for his own good and this sucks him into a vicious cycle of killing followed by more killing to try and reach happiness. Once he has become king after killing Duncan, he can't enjoy it because Banquo is suspicious of him. So, to reach happiness he gets Banquo killed. He gets murderers to kill him by telling them that if they kill him then they are men. This is exactly the same as Lady Macbeth did to him to get him to kill Duncan and it works. After he kills Banquo then he still isn't happy. When holding a feast with all of the Thanes he sees a ghost of Banquo sitting in his seat. ...read more.

Conclusion

He was forced into evil by his wife, who in the end was not as evil as first seen. She cracked before he did and probably killed herself but she had already gone mad. When he realises he was tricked by the witches, he snaps out of it and becomes courageous again as in the beginning. - 'Before my body, I throw my warlike shield.' This shows he has broken free of the witches' evil which tricked him throughout the whole play. At the end of the play, he realises that all that he has done was to try and achieve happiness and he never reached that because he just couldn't stop killing. - 'I have lived long enough: my way of life Is fa1l'n into the sere, the yellow leaf, And that which should accompany old age, As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends, I must not look to have; but, in their stead, Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honour, breath Which the poor heart would fain deny and dare not.' He finds out he has no friends or honour or anything he set out to get. He wasted his life. At this point I pity him. I think that there can be a little bit of pity for Macbeth but not that much as he did know what he was doing, but was not fully informed. Tom Makey 10R 1 ...read more.

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