Macbeth and Pi Essay

1748 Words Dec 5th, 2010 7 Pages
Sheahan Prabhu
Ms. Bancheri
ENG - 3U1
November 29th, 2010
Macbeth and Pi's Gradual loss of Morals Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi and Shakespeare's tragic play Macbeth reveal certain similarities, when juxtaposed. These two texts display the gradual loss of morals between the characters of Macbeth and Pi. This is conveyed through specific events within the two books, such as Macbeth and Pi's lust to kill, their guilt and themselves going crazy, will articulate the loss of their morals. The following analysis will discuss these themes extensively. Macbeth and Pi Patel portray their gradual loss of morals through their lust to kill. Macbeth's reason for killing is for power. For instance, Macbeth's lust to kill is demonstrated when he
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In addition to Macbeth and Pi's lust to kill, and their guilt, Macbeth and Pi going crazy themselves will also articulate the gradual loss of their morals. Macbeth reason for becoming crazy is that he can't stand the thought and actions of the murders he committed. For instance, Macbeth says, "Is this dagger which I see before me, The handle toward my hand? Come let me clutch thee, I have thee not and yet I see thee still" (Shakespeare, II.i.33-35) This example is the first time in the play where Macbeth is starting to go crazy. Even though Macbeth can't grab the dagger, he can still see it which indicates that he is losing his mind. This scene occurs before Macbeth murders Duncan. Another example that demonstrates Macbeth is going crazy is when he says "Methought I heard a voice cry 'sleep no more Macbeth does murder sleep', the innocent sleep" (II.ii.38-39). This illustration is the middle stage of him losing his mind because only he and Lady Macbeth are in the room and he hears voices speaking. These explanations prove that Macbeth is crazy. The last illustration to exhibit Macbeth is crazy occurs at the Banquet, when he sees Banquo's ghost sitting at his seat (III.iv.46-51). Macbeth sees Banquo at the table and tells his guests that the table is full. He also questions them and he thinks that they are playing a trick on him. Macbeth goes so far that he doubts his guests and him seeing Banquo's ghost clearly

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