The Destruction Of Guilt In Lady Macbeth By William Shakespeare

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In Macbeth by William Shakespear, Macbeth murders those in his way to feed his unchecked ambition.Starting with King Duncan, those who oppose him meet their graves. However, when Macbeth is introduced, he is noble, brave, and loyal. His wife, Lady Macbeth,is the one to pull Macbeth into her plan, forcing him to commit his first murder. This begins Macbeth’s spiral into a tyrannical dictatorship. Lady Macbeth changes Macbeth from his former-noble self into an evil twisted man who takes power. While Macbeth deals with his kingdom, Lady Macbeth deals with her inner struggle brought on by remorse. After the sinister plan has been completed, Lady Macbeth begins to feel regret and guilt. However, she hides this guilt from Macbeth and those around …show more content…
Upon reading Macbeth’s news, she worries that Macbeth will not be able to complete the tasks necessary to usurp the throne. She takes it upon herself to device the plan which leads Macbeth and her towards their demise. Lady Macbeth prepares herself by calling upon forces to make her more evil. “Stop up th’ access and passage to remorse/that no compunctious visiting of nature/shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between th’ effect and it.” (I.v.51-54). Lady Macbeth is forcing herself into becoming evil, and asking to not feel remorse for her plan of murder. Macbeth never pushes himself to be able to kill on his own, but rather having his wife pressure him. She is eager for this plan to work, and forces Macbeth to submit to the plan, despite refuting, by calling his manhood into question and mocking his concerns. “Art thou afeared/to be the same in thine own act and valor/as thou art to desire?”(I.vii.43-45). Macbeth is a noble and decorated soldier, and Lady Macbeth mocks him for having these attributes but not desiring anything great. Mocking him and his fears of murder, Lady Macbeth eventually gets Macbeth to submit. Lady Macbeth continues to urge him onward to kill Duncan, telling him to “Look like th’ innocent flower/But be the serpent under’t.”(I.v.76-77). She knows the King trusts and likes Macbeth, and she wants him to betray this trust …show more content…
King Duncan tells Macbeth that his actions in battle were worthy of the title of Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth is hesitant to accept this role, and questions this promotion by asking “Why do you dress me/in borrowed robes?” (I.iii.114-115). Macbeth is not hungry for power, and is hesitant to simply accept this title. He feels like this title is a robe which does not belong to him. Again, when speaking to Duncan, he is told he exceeded expectation in the fight against Norway. Duncan says he has done more than can be repaid, to which Macbeth responds “The service and the loyalty I owe/In doing so pays itself.” (I. iv.25-26). Macbeth denies the king is indebted to him because what he did was out of loyalty to the throne. If Macbeth had been overambitious, he would agree with the King, or at very least not deny it, and accept his praise and rewards without hesitation. He may have asked for more too. But he hesitantly accepts and asks for no more. His loyalty is shown to the reader, which is then seen taken away from him by Lady Macbeth in the following scenes. Macbeth tries to stay noble and loyal, but Lady Macbeth takes his redeeming characteristics and turns them against those he followed

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