Macbeth Divine Right Analysis
Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a tragic story about a trusted nobleman who after having risen to be the second most important man in his kingdom through his heroism in killing a traitor, becomes a traitor himself by murdering his king. The message of Shakespeare’s play was about Divine Right which is the concept that the power of the King comes from God. The play is a moralistic tale of the consequences of treason through usurpation which is treason against God because of the Divine right principle. Macbeth and his wife Lady Macbeth betray the King and because of their betrayal they both suffer a hell on Earth as a result.
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The passage which shows Lady Macbeths losing her mind was the passage Out, damned spot! Out, I say! —One, two. Why, then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky!—Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account? --Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him. The process of cleaning really signifies that Lady Macbeth is having strong feelings of guilt. She is trying to wash the blood away of the people that her actions caused the death of. Her overall feelings of guilt also tie in to the consequence of usurping the King as her actions led to the king’s death and her guilt is tied to that as much as Macbeths. Lady Macbeths demise is a consequence of her lust for power which she was personally responsible for. She ends up losing her mind because that is the punishment for going against the king which is again going against god. When she says hell is murky it is a metaphor that implies that she is already in hell and that she is already suffering the consequences of her decision to lust for power instead of respecting the divine right of the