Macbeth, By William Shakespeare Essay

1481 Words Apr 26th, 2015 6 Pages
“I was confided to your loyalty and accepted by your treason; you offer my death to those to whom you had promised my life. Do you know who it is you are destroying here? It is yourself” (Victor Hugo, Ninety-Three). Macbeth learns this valuable lesson in the play, Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. Macbeth takes place in Scotland, and centers around the overly ambitious Macbeth. Macbeth receives a prophecy that promises him to be the king of Scotland, and this pushes him to murder the current king, Duncan, in order to complete the prophecies. Shakespeare claims that treason is the most heinous crime against the state and against humanity; he proves this through the punishment suffered by Macbeth and Lady Macbeth along with the disruption in nature following the death of king Duncan.
After carrying out the murder of their king, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth suffer a downfall due to their guilt and worry that is rendered upon them as punishment for their crime of treason. Directly after the murder of Duncan, Macbeth feels immensely guilty and cannot even go back to place the daggers at the scene of the crime: “I am afraid to think what I have done / Look at ‘t again I dare not… How is ‘t with me when every noise appalls me? / What hands are here! Ha, they pluck out mine eyes. / Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood / clean from my hand?” (Shakespeare II. ii 66-78). The question marks and exclamation points prove Macbeth’s state of panic, for he cannot even comprehend the…

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