The Theme Of Guilt In Macbeth In Shakespeare's Macbeth

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In today’s world, people are always feeling guilty about something. Feeling guilty about something is used also in books and plays. This is shown in Shakespeare's play Macbeth. Macbeth has very deep guilt about killing Duncan. At first, Macbeth did not want to kill the king because he knew that Duncan was a good king and he deserved his place. Macbeth only killed the king because Lady Macbeth forces him into it. Although Lady Macbeth did not feel guilty at first she eventually felt it at the end. After Lady Macbeth force Macbeth he eventually fell into her evil ways and killed him. In Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses conflict and the motifs of blood and sleep to convey the message that doesn't take things in which you will regret or have …show more content…
Macbeth says that “... I heard a voice cry “Sleep no more”. This is showing that Macbeth couldn't sleep because of the voices in his head. He felt he didn't deserve sleep because of his actions. Another way guilt is shown through sleep is when the doctors are examining Lady Macbeth and they said “Since his majesty went into the field, I have seen her rise from her bed, throw her nightgown upon her, unlock her closet, take forth paper, fold it, write upon’t, read it, afterwards seal it, and again return to bed; yet all the while in a most fast sleep”. While they say she was in her most “fast sleep” it doesn't necessarily mean this. Lady Macbeth was sleepwalking which proven by research when sleepwalking you are not getting a goods night sleep. Not getting enough sleep also leads to people going insane. On pg 157 the doctor says that, “Unnatural deeds / Do breed unnatural troubles. Infected minds / To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets.”This shows that since Lady Macbeth committed, or made someone commit an “unnatural trouble” she will go insane or have an “infected …show more content…
One way he shows this was when he killed Duncan but then he later regretted it. This was the main event that showed guilt in Macbeth. This is important to the play because as soon as Macbeth killed Duncan and took his place as king he was guilty. Macbeth felt like he didn't deserve his place. Macbeth also killed Duncan by force not because he wanted to. This is shown on page 43 line 56 when Lady Macbeth says “ When you durst do it, then you were a man;...”. Macbeth then felt pressured by Lady Macbeth which led him to kill the king. When Macbeth gave into Lady Macbeth it led to his ultimate

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