Macbeth with himself, being morally obsolescent from
Macbeth is presented as a mature man enjoying an enviable reputation.throughout this Shakespearean play, however, Macbeth’s emotions changedrastically. His abilities in battle are stupendous, yet his abilities as ahusband and King are on the contrary. His overvaulting ambitions overcome hismorality, and lead him to do the evil deeds that he commits during his reign.Macbeth’s prophecies begin with his encounter with the three evil women,the witches.
They put the thought into his mind that if he were to kill Duncan,he himself may become king. When Lady Macbeth found out about this, she likedthe idea of becoming a queen. She uses many techniques throughout the first actto convince him to execute the King, including questioning his manhood.
Heappears to be a very strong individual before all of this occurred, being verystable mentally and being a hero in the eyes of his countrymen on thebattlefield. All of this changes as the play progresses.The angel on one of his shoulders is telling him how kind this maleruler has been to him and the country of Scotland.
The little greedy devil onhis other shoulder that wants to be King finally overcomes the angel. Hismind finally warrants him the justification to kill King Duncan. He has deepregret for what he has done shortly thereafter. The murder of the King is thefirst to slowly break down his now fragile emotional state. He feels that aftermurdering the King, he has given his mind and soul to those evil and demonicforces which are the enemy of mankind.It seems as though he is addicted to a drug; he must kill those whooppose him or those who (he feels) will do him harm in the future, yet he doesnot enjoy this. He is hooked on this drug and he knows it; however, he cannotstop until he is happy.
He gains no satisfying peace because his consciencestill obliges him to recognize the negative qualities of evil and the negativeresults of evil action. The individual who once prized mutable goods in theform of respect and admiration from those about him has now lost hissensitivity towards good and evil. His conscience is numbed, and he has almostreached a peace with himself, being morally obsolescent from what is reallygoing on. The environment that he is subject to is continually beingintensified, until his final encounter with Macduff ends everything.
Macbeth is a man who I believe could have been a great King if he hadwaited until Duncan’s natural death. He had strong morals and character beforehis evil side suddenly took over. Lady Macbeth couldn’t handle what was goingon – what she helped start – and she took her own life. Malcom became King, andas I imagine, did a pretty good job at it.
Macbeth, by the time of his death,was so psychologically temperamental, he was capable of doing any conceivableevil. This is what makes Macbeth one of Shakespeare’s most mysterious tragedies.Category: English