Essay on Macbeth : Astray From Morality

1199 Words Dec 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Macbeth: Astray From Morality
The deepest principle in human nature is the unintentional desire to dominate each other. William Shakespeare 's play, Macbeth, illustrates the transformation of one 's morals when introduced to the opportunity for power. This is evident through the characterization of the protagonist, Macbeth, who drastically undergoes a significant change because of the potential of evil he possesses. Equally important is the everlasting relationship Macbeth had with the witches which built the foundation of Macbeth 's immorality. Furthermore, the urge for power eventually created a remorseless figure which Macbeth had become. Through the following quotes Shakespeare effectively illustrates the reoccuring inner conflict between desires and conscience which results in the destruction of one 's morals.
"For brave Macbeth... which [he] ne 'er shook hands nor blade farewell to [Macdonwald], / Till [Macbeth] unseamed him from the nave to th 'chops, / And fixed [Macdonwald 's] head upon our battlements" (I,iii,16-23).
Shakespeare 's description of Macbeth 's actions clearly emphasizes that Macbeth has a potential of evil since no one with a good heart would ever split a man from his naval to his jawbone. On top of that, Macbeth not only murdered Macdonwald but he also stuck his head using a sword on the castle wall. One could easily interpret that it was an irrational and grusesome action. It is easily interpreted that Macbeth wants other to see that he is a…

Related Documents