Which version of Macbeth do you prefer?

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


Macbeth is a good man and he does suffer greatly as a result of the evil he does and the sense of guilt he feels. Although Macbeth is good he does great evil. When he realises that he could be king and have the power that he yearns for, Macbeth is driven to betray and kill to get it.

When the three witches first approach Macbeth and Banquo, Macbeth thinks that maybe what they were saying is true. He knows that they have great knowledge. When the witches tell him he could be king he gets the idea that maybe he could be king and rule. When Macbeth writes to Lady Macbeth about the idea they are both excited by the idea and join to plot to kill Duncan.

Macbeth has a good heart. We see this when he tries to back out of killing King Duncan until is wife persuades him differently. Because he has a good heart Macbeth suffers and genuinely wishes that he hadn’t murdered king Duncan and brought down on his head such serious consequences. Macbeth once fought for King Duncan. He was on his side and defended him bravely on the battlefield. Although Macbeth had ambitions thoughts he never planned on betraying his king and everything he believed in by acting to realise his ambitions. But Lady Macbeth really drove him to do evil. She wanted to realise his dreams any way possible. She wanted the status that came with the crown. It was she that was the one who wouldn’t let him back down from his word. Lady Macbeth wanted the crown more than he did and because of her immorality, Macbeth committed the murders.

After Macbeth murdered Duncan he was in a state of shock. We see this when he walks out of the room after killing him with the bloody knife still in his hands. Lady Macbeth has to actually tell him to put the knife back in the room so that it can be discovered with King Duncan’s body. Macbeth is so conscious of the evil he has done that he doesn’t want to go back in there. Macbeth is in a state of traumata the killing of his king.

Macbeth feels guilt and regret. He suffers great regret and his hallucinations are the result of him feeling bad over what he has done. He knows that what he did was wrong and feels guilty and his destroyed reputation he feels like a great burden. He was once seen as a noble and brave man but he is now looked upon as a “dwarfish thief”. People start to suspect that there is something wrong when people close to Macbeth begin to die. People start to talk behind his back and drift away from him because they are afraid that they will be next to die in Macbeth’s murderous rampage. Although all of this is going on Macbeth has to pretend that everything is normal. He has to “look like the flower, but be the serpent under’t”.

Macbeth has to keep on killing in order to make himself feel “safe”. Digging the hole that he’s in, deeper, but he has gone too far and he knows that. But if he stops everyone will find out what he has done. He thinks that if he keeps killing he might have a chance. Macbeth has to live with the guilt of what he has done. But that guilt makes his life a living death.

Macbeth does commit a lot of evil acts but because of the guilt that he feels, he suffers. He knows that he is in too deep and he can’t get out of it. He knows that he can never be free and ever again have the peaceful mind of the innocent person he once was.


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