The Importance Of Violence In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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The Chinese philosopher, Xun Zi stated; “A person is born with feelings of envy and hate. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to violence and crime, and any sense of loyalty and good faith will be abandoned.” This quote depicts that if one commits an act of violence then his or her good faith will be tarnished. Therefore, using violence as a means to gain power is immoral and will negatively affect one 's conscious. Concomitant to this, in Shakespeare 's allegorical tragedy, Macbeth, the main character, Macbeth, acts upon his instincts and in consequence, is pained with guilt for his wrong doings. Macbeth seeks the throne, but is
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Macbeth 's wife, Lady Macbeth, is not affected by her husband 's trepidation, and urges him to follow through with the sinful act. Roles then shift, as Lady Macbeth begins to feel culpability and commits suicide. Macbeth, corrupted with his long for the throne and his power hungry attitude, acts merely on his guilt and panic-stricken behavior to project the throne, bypassing his moral conscious. But, later the guilt he feels for the blood he has shed and his fractured conscious ultimately leads Macbeth to his death. Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare describes many scenes in which violence plays a huge role. He employs many literary elements such as: symbolism, imagery, and juxtapositions, that work in conjunction with these scenes contribute to the themes of corruptions, ambition versus power, and guilt from violence. This is what you …show more content…
Therefore, the witches symbolize evil and were able to plant that idea in his mind, manipulating his actions and controlling his fate. The witches also tell Banquo that his son will one day sit upon the throne, but he does not act because of this. Macbeth, concerned of the prophecy the witches have foreseen, hires two men to assassinate Banquo and his son, Fleance. The murderers kill Banquo, who dies urging his son to flee and to avenge his death. *PAGE* Macbeth acts upon both of the prophecies the witches have told because his power and ambition cloud his judgment, whereas Banquo is content and feels no need to take actions into his own hands. This shows the clear character foils Banquo and Macbeth create for each other. Sequentially, in the first scene of act three in Macbeth, we find Banquo uttering soliloquies to himself, saying: "Thou hast it now, King, Cawdor, Glamis, all, as the Weird Women promised, and I fear thou plyed 'st most foully for 't..." These lines show that suspicion is being arisen and condensed in Banquo 's mind regarding Macbeth 's devilish deeds. He, further, asks to himself some rhetorical questions, such as: "If there come truth from them, as upon thee, Macbeth, their speeches shine, why by the verities on thee made good. May they not be my oracles as well, and set me up in hope?" Furthermore, after Banquo is violently

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