William Shakespeare 's Macbeth And The Inner Conscience Essay

1021 Words Apr 18th, 2016 5 Pages
Does our inner conscience help us from falling into dire situations and guide us toward a more righteous path? In William Shakespeare 's Macbeth, Macbeth’s ambition to gain more power leads him to his downfall. Shakespeare’s characterization of a power-hungry Lady Macbeth leads her to destroy her own conscience as well as her husband’s. Macbeth’s downfall could have been altered based on whether or not he had a conscience when he experienced his ambitious impulses. Since his conscience was wiped out by his wife, all of the morals Macbeth had in the beginning of the play were not evident at the end of the play. This caused him to act more on his impulses and commit more murders without considering the consequences that followed. Macbeth’s conscience was present before Lady Macbeth could taint it, and it told him that is was immoral to murder Duncan to become more powerful. Since the beginning of the play, it could be seen that Macbeth had a conscience. We see this in many situations. For example, when Lady Macbeth reveals to him that she has a plan to murder Duncan. When Macbeth is told this, he responds by saying “We will proceed no further in this business” (I.VII.34). His argument as to why they should not go through with the murder is that Duncan had “honored [Macbeth] of late (35) and that he had “bought golden opinions from all sorts of people...would be worn now in their newest gloss, not cast aside so soon” (37-38). Macbeth believes that Duncan is a good person,…

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