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Macbeth and Morals

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on 27 April 2011

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Transcript of Macbeth and Morals

Macbeth and Morals Thesis: As a result of Macbeth's behaviour "Macbeth" is a play based on morality, as seen by the death of Banquo, Duncan, and the MacDuff's. Macbeth is a mortality play and this is shown in the death of Duncan. After Macbeth kills Duncan he says “I’ll go no more/ I am afraid to think of what I have done/ Look on’t again I dare not.” (II ii 65-68) This shows that he knows that he just did was wrong and not moral. He is repenting in hopes to be forgiven. He had to chose between right and wrong and he chose wrong by killing Duncan. Lady Macbeth also shows how this play is moral when she says, “These deeds must not be thought/ After these ways ; so, it will make us mad” (II ii pg 45-46) Lady Macbeth is saying that if they keep dwelling on what they had just done then they would go mad. This is some foreshadowing because Lady Macbeth does end up going mad because of guilt. She also had the chose between good and bad and chose bad in helping Macbeth with killing Duncan. This shows that this play is a morality play in that they have no ethics. Another way that this play in shown to have moratlity is when Macbeth kills banqou. He is then haunted by Banquo’s ghost and he says, “Avaunt! And quit my sights! Let the earth hide thee! Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold. (III iv pg 113-115) This shows that by making non moral decision they have come back to haunt him. Macbeth also shows that he is unmoral when he says to Lady Macbeth, “ I am in blood stepp’d in so far, that, should I wade no more Returning were as tedious as go o’er “ (III iv pg 149) This shows that he thinks that he should continue killing for it would be easier than to go back and confess the wrongs that he has done. Another example of morals in “Macbeth” would be when Lady Macduff and her child are left for dead by Ross this is shown by “I am so much a fool, should I stay longer, it would be my disgrace and your discomfort. I take my leave at once.”(IV ii 31-33) This quote shows the Ross has no moral due to the fact that he left so that Lady Macduff and her child to die, and it shows that Macbeth has no moral cause the Macduff's were no real threat to him and his tyranny. Justice was shown in the play by Macduff taking revenge on Macbeth for killing his family, Lady Macbeth confessing and killing herself, and Malcolm promising all to be re-paid and the start of a new beginning! Malcolm: Be this whetstone of your sword: let grief convert to anger; blunt not the heart, enrage it.

Macduff: O, I could play the woman with mine eyes and braggart with my tongue! But, gentle heavens, cut short all intermissions; front to front bring thou this fiend of Scotland and myself; within my sword's length set him; if he 'scape heavens forgive him too! (IV iii 266-273) In this quote Macduff is ready and prepared, to fight for the his family and seeks revenge on Macbeth for the crime he has committed in killing the innocent. This quote clearly depicts a lady whom is destrot over the crimes she has witnessed and contributed to the happening as well as having conceit thoughts of how to cleanse herself of the crimes she had committed “Out damn'd spot! Out, I say! One; two: why, then 'tis time to do't. Hell is merky. Fie, my lord,fie, a soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our pow'r to accompt? Yet who would have thougt the old man to have had so much blood in him?”(V i 32-37) This quote shows that Lady Macbeth is so concerned about the crimes committed, that she is sleep walking and confessing the crimes that she participated in as she attempts to wash her hands of the blood. Justice is served when Malcolm becomes king and promises to keep Scotland at peace for many years to come. “We shall not spend a large expense of time before we reckon with your several loves and make us even with you. My thanes and kinsmen, in such an honour named what's more to do, which would be planted newly with the time.” (V ix 32-37) Malcolm promises that there will be no more tyrants, and that Malcolm will re-pay those how suffered and that new beginning will come again. Macbeth was a bloody play that involved a lot of murder and back stabbing. “Macbeth” is a play based on morality as seen in the deaths of Duncan, Banqou, and the Macduff’s. All of these murders led to the downfall and destruction of Macbeth and all the wrong that he had done came back to him and was his demise. In the end justice is served with the death of Macbeth and Malcom being restored as his rightful place as king of Scotland!
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