Essay on Macbeth, By William Shakespeare

1109 Words Mar 18th, 2016 5 Pages
Why do humans consciously lie or choose to tell half of the truth? What consequences accompany these dishonest actions? These questionable behaviors are present in our daily lives and they impact society on a multitude of levels. In an effort to pose answers to these timeless questions, William Shakespeare introduces morally flexible characters in Macbeth that take his thinking to an extreme. Through exaggeration, Shakespeare is able to distinctly communicate and express his ideas about society’s behavior. To convey these thoughts, Shakespeare incorporates the recurring motif of equivocation into the tragedy and ties it into his theme of morality. Shakespeare repeatedly utilizes equivocation throughout Macbeth, suggesting that humans bring punishment upon themselves through immoral and deceptive behavior in order to conceal the truth for their own benefit.
Shakespeare firmly believes that the sole purpose of manman’s sole purpose in behind lying is to gain a personal advantage over others by obscuring the truth. Macbeth, a morally compromised person, lives without remorse for his actions because of his rapid ascension to the throne. Macbeth’s behavior consists of immoral actions, such as lying, like the moment after he murders King Duncan and his chamberlains, “O, yet I do repent me of my fury, /That I did kill [the chamberlains]” (69). Strategically, Macbeth tells this half-truth in an effort to gain the immediate sympathy of his audience. He admits to a mere portion of his…

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