Horror In Macbeth Essay

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Karen H.


Show the effect of horror in the murder of Duncan

Macbeth is a prominent play by William Shakespeare, it is known for its wickedness, evilness and immorality. The play portrays a character named Macbeth who commences as a loyal and honorable hero of Scotland. However, Macbeth 's character changes gradually during the play. An inevitable, uncontrollable and powerful ambition for sovereignty forced him into making sinister decisions that only created despair, guilt, and madness. An event that transformed Macbeth for the worst and there was no way for him in going back to being moral was that he betrayed Duncan the former king. Macbeth was no longer honorable instead he was a tyrant. This event exemplifies the many horrors
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When Macbeth found out the three prophecies from the Weird Sisters that one of the prophecies was that he will become king. He had thought of this before and he fears ever so greatly that his titanic and dark ambition will over power the moral beliefs that he stand for, he hopes and prays that “let not light see my black and deep desires”, but Macbeth becoming king is an inevitable ambition. Lady Macbeth displays horror when she was talking to the spirits to give her the strength to become strong enough to kill Duncan and become less like a woman and more like a man. Lady Macbeth symbolizes blind ambition, Blind ambition can be seen as having no limitations, which in turn means that no matter what, one will do whatever to achieve one’s ambition and does not see morality and the consequences of one’s actions. She forces Macbeth to kill Duncan, in order to become king thinking that he will benefit from this process, however it brought more harm than good. Infact, achieving this ambition made Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s relationship worst, heno longer told anything to her and he started neglecting her. Macbeth’s dangerous ambitions brought him hardships which terrorizes him because of the guilt he holds within himself made him become mad and destroyed him. His first encounter of a hallucination is the dagger, which is the murdering weapon that Macbeth used to kill Duncan. …show more content…
For example, when the king was invited to Macbeth’s Castle, it showed dramatic irony, the noblemans and King Duncan thought that the castle is peaceful, tranquil and safe. However, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are going behind Duncan’s back and making plans when and how to kill him. But, before Duncan was dead one of the noblemans said that “the heaven 's breath smells wooingly here… this bird Hath made his pendent bed and procreant cradle: Where they most breed and haunt.” A juxtaposition is shown, once Duncan had died the Old Man said that he is the gate holder of hell and devastations. This shows the contrast, at first the perception of the characters in the play described how delightful the castle was, but once they discovered Duncan’s death, it shifted swiftly to a peculiar and scary environment. This helps the audience grasp on the tension and have insight about the situation. An abnormal scene was shown that a falcon was the prey and was attacked by an owl, commonly owls hunt mouse and not falcons. As well as, Duncan’s horses ate each other, but, his horses are generally obedient and benevolent. A theme has appeared which is good versus evil and through Macbeth’s actions, it implied that the play is a tragedy and it will end horribly. The quote “By th ' clock ’tis day, And yet dark night strangles the travelling lamp. Is ’t night’s predominance or the day’s shame. That

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