Bad Actions In Macbeth

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In general, people make mistakes that usually lead to even worse actions in the future. In the tragic play, Macbeth, William Shakespeare suggests that just one criminal act leads to other unintended actions. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth unwillingly kills Duncan with a vast amount of internal conflict and experiences much guilt before and after the murder. Later, Macbeth’s panicking leads to him murdering Duncan’s guards and his desire for safety results in the death Banquo. Finally, Macbeth has no real motives to murder Macduff’s family other than the unquenchable thirst for revenge, leading to Macbeth wishing to no longer be living. Macbeth struggles with mental opposition before the murder of Duncan. In order to become the king …show more content…
Macbeth finds out that Malcolm is going to attack his castle, but is confident in his ability to defend against any of Malcolm’s attacks. Shortly after that, he discovers that his wife is dead. In such a short time, so many bad things happen to Macbeth making him realize the struggle that each day of life will be; “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow / Creeps in this petty pace from day to day / To the last syllable of recorded time, / And all of our yesterdays have lighted fools / The way to dusty death” (177). At this time, his castle is under impending attacks and his wife is dead, which put him at a very low point in his life. The way that he describes the days of his life, is as if to say that his days do not seem to end. It is at this specific moment where Macbeth’s actions catch up to him. Therefore, he feels the days moving at a very slow rate because he is trapped in a life of suffering and guilt. Macbeth does not want to live anymore and says that with every passing day, fools are closer to their deaths. According to Irving Ribner, “Once the crime is committed, however, these feelings are gradually destroyed … As his link with humanity weakens, moreover, so also does not desire to live, until finally he sinks into a total despair” (250). The statement that Ribner makes, coincides with what happens to Macbeth after the murders. Once he commits the first murder he is doomed because this leads to him performing other actions that are unintentional. Furthermore, Ribner says how Macbeth sinks into a “total despair,” which can be interpreted to how Macbeth dreads “Tomorrow.” As a result of killing Duncan, Macbeth kills many others, which eventually leads to his

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