The Moral Order Of Violence And Death In William Shakespeare's Macbeth

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Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare and was first printed in 1603. Macbeth took place in medieval Scotland and is partially based on a true historical event, when James I ascended the throne. "The tragedy of Macbeth", is about a warrior named Macbeth, rising to power through violence and his downfall. Macbeth killing Banquo and Duncan messes up and upsets the moral order of the universe throughout the book until Malcolm becomes king. In this essay, the witches, Malcolm, Macbeth and how the moral order of the universe relates to Banquo 's death, Duncan 's death, and the play will be discussed. Macbeth is introduced in the play as a brave thane of Glamis. But due to the fact that Lady Macbeth was influencing him and the witches prophecy, …show more content…
When Macbeth has second thoughts of killing Duncan, she urges her husband to kill Duncan, indicating that she is crueler than Macbeth. She eventually goes crazy with guilt and commits suicide. Although The witches appears less, they still play an important role in the play. If it weren 't for their prophecy, Macbeth wouldn’t have become so violent and he still would’ve been a loyal warrior. Duncan, who was the previous Thane of Cawdor of Scotland, was murdered by Macbeth. Banquo was also a general in Duncan’s army. He was killed by thugs, who hired by Macbeth to kill him. Malcolm is the eldest son of Duncan and brother to Donalbain. He is the prince but flees after Duncan is murdered along with his brother. He returns to reclaim his right on the throne and get revenge on Macbeth for everything that he has done to him, his family and everyone …show more content…
All hail Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter! ” (Shakespeare, Pg.17, Act 1, Scene 3, Line 51-53). “Hail! Lesser than Macbeth and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier. Thou shalt get kings, though thou would be none. So all hail, Macbeth and Banquo!” (Pg.19, Act 1, Scene 3, Line 67-71). When this prophecy first appeared, it meant nothing for Macbeth. But as play progressed towards the middle, his ambitions for the throne was too much for him to handle, that he murdered Duncan. They do not physically create the downfall but lead Macbeth to his own downfall The witches role in Macbeth downfall were that they fooled him and made him feel overconfident. They represent the moral order in the form of evil and “the dark side of human nature”. Their role in the moral order of the universe being messed up is that they spread evil. “Evil does not spread until the prophecy is made--Macbeth would become king. The witches plants the seed. Lady Macbeth feeds it with motivation, and from them, it gets out of hand and grows

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