Macbeth : Guilt And Anxiety Essays

1167 Words May 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
In Shakespeare 's play “Macbeth”, the main character Macbeth is fraught with guilt and anxiety after being told by three witches that he would someday be king. He sees no other way to become king other than by killing the current King Duncan, who he was once very loyal to. Once doing so, he does not see any way to keep his kingship besides by killing those whom he saw as a threat, even people who were once very close and loyal to him. While his actions may be considered evil, he did what he did because he did not know what else he could do. When he kills people, he does so because he sees them, in his paranoia and fear, as a threat, he does not do it for fun. When Macbeth is told he will be king by the witches, he soon cannot think about anything else besides being king. He says to himself “My thought, whose murder is yet but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smothered in surmise, and nothing is but what is not,” (I.iii.150-153) meaning that he cannot perform any physical actions because of the thoughts in his head. The idea of killing King Duncan, which had never even occurred to him before he was met the witches, became the only thing he could think about. It becomes clear, in his mind, that to fulfill this prophecy that was given to him, he must kill King Duncan. It is certainly not the “right” thing to do, but it was all that he could do to be king. To further prove that he is mentally unstable, after being convinced by his wife Lady…

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