Moral Tragedy In Macbeth

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This piece of creative, analytical writing needs to offer a review of extant literature on one of the well-critiqued tragedies of Shakespearean origin, ‘Macbeth’, which describes the rise and fall of once valiant and loyal King Macbeth, who later, not only came to possess destructive ‘vaulting ambition’ which heralded his doom, but whose mind and actions became absolutely controlled by his Machiavellian wife, Lady Macbeth, whose ruthlessness and egocentricity was only matched by her wile, craftiness, manipulative nature and depravity of the highest order. Lady Macbeth’s depravity was so complete that she did not even hesitate to goad her once loyal and servile husband, Macbeth, to kill their benefactor and King in their own battlements. Unwittingly, …show more content…
Macbeth’s moral squalor is portrayed more as a sin than it is portrayed as a crime, this as per Nicholas Rand in ‘Macbeth: New Critical Essays’ is so because of the nature of the acts he is spurred to execute by his wife. Rand states that if Macbeth’s acts were a crime there would not be so much of the portrayal of moral issues such as guilt rather of a character flaw in Macbeth. The reason as to this being referred to as a moral catastrophe is to do with the consequences of the actions to the perpetrator of the act. Sin as per the illustration by Rand is defined as a defiance against one’s …show more content…
Macbeth was part of a prophecy and in order for the prophecy to be fulfilled; he needed to play his vile part. The decisions he made were done all in accordance to the prophecy. He was destined to die at the hands of Macduff, Duncan was destined to die by the hands of his most loyal soldier and Macbeth was destined to shed blood in his life. Destiny cannot be fought, but merely accepted. As sad as it may be, it was Macbeth’s destiny to kill and be

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