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Significance in Macbeth

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Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare. The play is said to be written in 1605-1606. It is one of the most notable works of Shakespeare along with the sides of Hamlet, Othello, and Midsummer’s Night Dream. Macbeth is a play of Shakespeare with a disastrous outcome. He had a sudden and quick growth to power and an even quicker fall It is really preeminent in Act 2 Scene 2 of the play. Macbeth’s tragic downfall is a consequence of his greed for power which is fueled by manhood that is continuously brought up to portray the strength and power of a Man, guilt through showing remorse after killing Duncan and Banquo, and their ambition to fulfill the prophecies of Macbeth becoming king.

William Shakespeare’s Macbeth brings countless characteristics which pertains the manliness, making it even stronger, not only for him and Lady macbeth but also for the whole kingdom. In Act 2 Scene 2, Macbeth has been seen feeling scared to follow through with his plan of Killing the king in his sleep. This is really ironic because Macbeth is seen as a ruthless general in the king’s army and is known for his killings. At this point of time Lady macbeth can be seen drinking to calm her nerves and be strong on the outside for her husband even though she is scared of her feet inside. She is portraying a calm, sensible appeal to macbeth in order to make him strong and accept his fate of the kingdom. As soon as she hears macbeth return, she stands up, goes to him and says; “Who was it thus cried? Why, worthy thane, you do unbend your noble strength to think so brainsickly of things(2.2.57-60).” Lady macbeth questions macbeth’s manliness and his worthiness to become king when he simply cannot take up the chance of killing the king and taking the throne. The dagger in his hand represents his biggest regret and foreshadows future killings that one can expect from Macbeth. When he returns after the deed has been performed, he is covered in blood and he has bloodstained hands. At that time he asks about how is going to sleep at night knowing the act he has performed is dreadful and is looked down upon. He requests the gods to wash his hands of this blood so that he can sleep peacefully instead of questioning himself and his worthiness of the throne. The society and nature’s natural order had been disrupted and they lose their stability. The kingdom has to find a new king as soon as possible to make the society and the people follow back to its course to make the kingdom safe from intruders.

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Guilt is a feeling that haunts beings for their life making them questioning their choices and their abilities. Usually this feeling comes when one has committed an offence, crime or performed a wrongful deed. One has to take responsibility for the actions they’ve committed. There are many great themes in this story such as good v evil, power, ambition, etc, but Guilt is the most prominent one. It teaches crucial lessons, with important morals to learn from. In Macbeth, guilt is portrayed through Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, and their ambition of the throne. Guilt is represented by Blood as it depicts as to how Macbeth wishes for Neptune and the ocean to wash his hands of. Duncan and Macbeth are friends more than King and general. That is why when he was doubtful to kill Duncan. Macbeth is doubtful of killing Duncan, but with the continuous nudging of Lady Macbeth into the manner, Macbeth kills Duncan to gain control of the throne. “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine making the green one red(2.2.63-66).” This shows how Macbeth is feeling guilty towards the death of Duncan. He can be seen requesting Neptune and the ocean to not only wash away the blood from his hands but also from his soul that is haunting him all the way to his core. The blood depicts as to how he wishes that he would’ve not killed Duncan. Another way of blood imagery is depicted when Lady Macbeth says, “Infirm of purpose! Give me the daggers. The sleeping and the dead are but as pictures”(2.2.68-70). This portrays that Lady Macbeth’s is also part of the conspiracy and is not physically part of it but she was the mastermind behind most of the murders. This depicts that Lady macbeth is as guilty as the murderers. This blood is from the killings she has supported and orchestrated indirectly if not physically kill them. This determines that Lady macbeth shall never recover from her gruesome acts and their consequences. The murders brought up a sense of wrongdoing, which demonstrates as to why bloodstained is a symbol of blameworthiness depicted through deaths. Lady macbeth who devised the death of Duncan, because she knew that macbeth would never even consider to betray his king. Macbeth’s good side still make him resent his evil side and try to convince him to not kill Duncan, but in the end, he succumbs to evil. Images such as the dagger symbolizing more killing to come, The ghost of Banquo haunting him for his killings etc.

Ambition is the power that controls a person’s life. It can cause people to believe in things that they never have before. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, we can see that Macbeth has the will power and the qualities to be a great leader. In the beginning we can see that macbeth has a powerful relation with his king in which they are the greatest of the allies. But once their minds were full of things said by the witches, they wanted to achieve their fate. Their ambitions were fuelled by their greed, and their lust for power and the throne.

The dagger which was used to kill duncan by macbeth is a symbol for more killings to come and how all those killings are fueled by his rage and desire to become and stay king. It foreshadows how Macbeth and Lady macbeth shall do anything to keep the killing a secret, even if it means future killings of more high powered people and their families. When Macbeth returns after the killing of Duncan, Lady macbeth says; “Who was it that thus cried?, Why, worthy thane(2.2.57-58).” She also says; “Infirm of purpose!(2.2.68).” Through this we can understand that Lady macbeth touches through macbeth’s manliness and forces him to follow his fate and make his ambition grow.

Macbeth was led down to an inescapable path of destruction by an external power, especially destiny in the way of the three witches.

Macbeth is a story about the plight of guilt, greed and manhood, the short-lived victory of evil over good Shakespeare presents an exceptional insight of humans by enacting not only how macbeth was poisoned by ambition but also the overwhelming impact and guilt it has on those who succumb to bait and wrongdoing. Shakespeare culminates the tragedy on a pleasurable note. As frivolous and evil as the wickedness is that contaminates Macbeth, it is only short term. Eventually, peace is restored through the efforts of the supporters of morality. 

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