Analysis Of ' Macbeth ' By William Shakespeare Essay

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In the play “Macbeth” characters response to adversity results in a change in how they feel guilt. Guilt by definition is “ A cognitive emotional experience that occurs when one realizes they have violated a moral standard. Closely related to the concept of remorse”. Usually when people are affected by guilt they go through a stage of regret and self reflection to establish what they need to do to try and counteract their guilt, in the play Shakespeare makes each character react very differently to a feeling of guilt whether they change for the better or for worse. Some common effects of guilt on people are depression, anger, and aggression. In the Thane of Cawdor’s case he confessed his guilt right before his death. This guilt was acknowledged by the nobles as the best thing he’s had in his life. The essay “Scaffold of Treason” by Rebecca Lemon states, “Implor 'd your Highness’ pardon, and set forth / A deep repentance" (1.4.5-7). 1 These lines reveal the dying last words of a traitor, familiar to its Jacobean audience as a monologue spoken from the scaffold by hundreds of prisoners Such speeches were characterized by a confession of guilt and a prayer to the monarch as illustrated by Cawdor 's own words.3” Characters from Macbeth show each of these common reactions to guilt. Lady Macbeth was a character in Macbeth that we really saw was affected by guilt. Lady Macbeth was majorly responsible for leading the killing of Duncan. Initially she appeared to not feel any…

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