By Helen Dunn,2014-05-27 12:56
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    Not Guilty

     Lauren Archibald

    Macbeth Final Piece.


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    In the beginning of the play Macbeth was portrayed as a “good being” he fought for his country and for his king. Shakespeare describes Macbeth in such quotes as “for brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name” (pg. 38, line

    16), and “What he hath lost, noble Macbeth hath won.”(pg. 40 line 67). These types of quotes in the play seem to be placed with the so called “Good guys” when they achieve or accomplish something that is great.

     The thoughts of killing the king only began after the three witches had made the three predictions. When Lady Macbeth had read her husbands letter about what the witches had promised. Lady Macbeth waited until Macbeth arrived home and pushed him to make the predictions come true. Macbeth knew the murder of Duncan is wrong but Lady Macbeth pushes him to act.

     Unlike Macbeth, Lady Macbeth does not struggle with the battle against evil she simply brings it upon herself. “Come you spirits that tend my mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe, top full of direst cruelty. Come thick night, and pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell, that my knife see not the wound it makes, nor heaven peep through the blanket of dark.”(pg. 51 line 41) These lines are stated in a soliloquy, asking for the evil spirits to be bought upon her. Lady Macbeth could never of killed Duncan as he reminder her of her own father ,proving Macbeth had to also fulfil Lady Macbeth’s ambitions as well as his own.

    The heroic loyal character of Macbeth is forced into a internal battle to decide between ambition and loyalty to his king. Macbeth overcomes the evil within him, though Lady Macbeth crushes his thoughts of loyalty to the king by calling him a coward or threatening his manliness. Macbeth allows the evilness to grow within him, which allows ambition to take control of his life. Due to the evilness that has started to control his life he prepares to kill the man who has given him everything to his credit, to fulfil his ambition, and to become King.


    Not Guilty

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    After the murder of Duncan and the guards Macbeth begins to distrust Banquo and knows he is suspicious. Macbeth fears Banquo would ruin his position of being the king. Macbeth then arranges the murder of Banquo. By this stage Macbeth still had some human like characteristics such as guilt, he couldn’t go through with murdering Banquo himself so he hired three murderers to complete the deed. Though Macbeth still suffered a great deal of guilt. This showed at Macbeth’s banquet as he has hallucinations of the ghost of Banquo appearing at the table. Macbeth reacts frantically to this, proving his conscience is playing on his mind. “I am in blood stepped in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o’er.”(pg. 90 line 137).

    In conclusion Macbeth was not guilty, to some extent. Macbeth committed the murders. Though the first murder would have not happened in the first place if it was not for Lady Macbeth playing with Macbeth’s emotions.

    Lady Macbeth drove her husband to the limit, so she could get what she thought her and Macbeth deserved. Macbeth completed the first deed only to show his loyalty for his wife, however he also performed the procedure for his own ambition. Subsequently Macbeth continued murdering additional people for his own defence and to keep his status as King. By doing this brought Macbeth to the conclusion of his life. If It was not for Lady Macbeth’s pressure and the three weird sisters predictions, Macbeth would still be a loyal and highly acclaimed soldier that he happened to be in the beginning of the play.

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