Macbeth Immoral Analysis

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Lord Acton once said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely”. Lord Acton is exemplifying that the more power one person holds, the more their morality decreases. In Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, there are two main characters named Macbeth and Lady Macbeth who are married. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both portray characteristics that lead to them becoming immoral. To be immoral is to lose the characteristics of having morality which are principles that determine right from wrong. In Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth use their power to illustrate them becoming immoral. To begin, Lady Macbeth learns about the prophecy with Macbeth and decides she must influence …show more content…
In the beginning, Macbeth wants to become king, but only until he realizes what he must do to become king. He does not want to kill King Duncan. His moral values tell him that it is not the right thing to do. On the other hand, Lady Macbeth does not care about her husband 's moral values. She wants to change him and his values. She does so by going against his manliness. This indeed works towards Macbeth. Macbeth murders King of Cawdor, King Duncan. Macbeth retells what occurred to Lady Macbeth saying, “Still it cried ’Sleep no more!’ to all the house. ‘Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor Shall sleep no more. Macbeth shall sleep no more’” (Act 2. Scene 2. Lines 54-57). This signifies that Macbeth has done the job of murder. Macbeth is not proud and very ashamed of what he did. He knows murdering to become king is not something he should do. Macbeth recaps what occurred during the murder scene. Duncan cried out a “curse” like saying. He said “Macbeth shall sleep no more” meaning that his actions will haunt him forever. He believes that someone will find out Macbeth 's actions and that will prevent him from becoming king. This is the first step of Macbeth becoming immoral. He becomes an immoral character due to his action of killing the king of Cawdor in order to benefit himself. Concluding, due to Lady Macbeth transferring her corruptness to …show more content…
Macbeth had over important people for a dinner. Before the dinner started, the murderers came and reported that the murder of Banquo was successful. Of course that was a positive aspect, considering it is a step closer to royalty. To make no suspicion about knowing the Macbeth participated in killing Banquo, he left a seat open for Banquo. During the dinner, Macbeth became paranoid and saw something very strange. He saw Banquo 's ghost. Instantly, Macbeth starts to freak out since he does not know why he sees Banquo 's ghost. Trying to calm Macbeth down, Lady Macbeth states, “‘This is the air-drawn dagger which you said Led you to Duncan. O, these flaws and starts, Impostors to true fear, would well become A woman’s story at a winter’s fire, Authorized by her grandam’”. (Act 3. Scene 4. Lines 75-79). This signifies Lady Macbeth portraying immoral characteristics since she is not caring about how Macbeth is feeling, she just wants him to become king. She states that seeing the ghost of Banquo is like when Macbeth claimed he saw the floating dagger he used to kill Duncan. She is calling it all nonsense. Lady Macbeth says his fear is not even a true fear. Lady Macbeth compares his “fear” to a scary story being told to a woman during the winter by her grandmother. This exemplifies Lady Macbeth knowing how to control Macbeth.

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