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Macbeth Criminal Profile
Transcript of Macbeth Criminal Profile
Before the crime
Details Concerning the victim.
Macbeth Criminal Profile
Victim Pattern & Prediction
By: Lulu Tan & Naomi Lee
The king of Scotland
Father to two sons (Malcolm & Donalbain)
Killed because of his throne
Killed in his chamber by daggers
General in the king's army
Has a son named Fleance (escaped from the assassins)
According to the witches' prophecy, his sons will inherit the Scottish throne
Macbeth saw Banquo as a threat to his power and crown
Lady Macduff & her children
Macduff's wife; the Thane of Fife
Mother of an unnamed son and other children
Her son was stabbed in front of her
Macduff had suspicion to the real murderer of King Duncan
The first apparition told Macbeth to beware of Macduff
Siward is the general of the English forces, and young Siward was his son
Killed in battlefield; Young Siward killed when crossed swords with Macbeth
Details of the crime
At night, when King Duncan was murdered.
At night, "I must become the borrower of the night, for a dark hour or twain." -Banquo; Act 3 Scene 1.
King Duncan was asleep at his chamber.
In the dark, when they were returning.
The three murderers broke into the castle and killed lady Macduff and her children.
Macbeth's ambition in becoming the King.
Macbeth wanted to keep his crown.
Macduff had suspicions about the actual murderer of Duncan.
Before the killing of King Duncan,Macbeth was worried and didn't want to commit the crime at all. It took Lady Macbeth a long time and a lot of effort and manipulations to trick him into the crime.
After the crime
After the murder of King Duncan, when Lady Macbeth fell into madness and insanity, Macbeth was alone and afraid. He plotted more murders, to secure his throne, and to fill his fears.Also, his hallucination of "Is this a dagger which I see before me" (Act two, scene one). Suggested that Macbeth was edging closer to madness from his guilt.
Before the killing of Banquo, the witches prophesied, it would be the descendents of Banquo that would be kings. So Macbeth knew that the crown wouldn't stay with him and with his children. To solve this, Macbeth decided to have Banquo, and his son Fleance killed, so they couldn't take the kingship from him. During this crime, Lady Macbeth didn't persuade him at all. It was Macbeth who made the decision, and committed the murder."I am in blood, stepped in so far that should I wade no more, Returning were as tedious as go'oer" (Act3, scene4).
It showed how much Macbeth had changed, and how he no longer felt guilty of killing.
After the killing of Banquo, he began seeing Banquo's ghost
and behaved strangely in front of his dinner guests. His sanity
was unraveled. And the guilt from killing was pushing him to insanity.
Also, his hallucination of "Is this a dagger which I see before me" (Act two, scene one).
After the Crime
Macbeth was a brave and capable warrior at the beginning of the play, but he turned into a cold-blooded and ruthless murderer after the crime, due to his ambition and the kingship.
Lady Macbeth - She was a witness and also an accomplice with Macbeth in the murder of Duncan.
Fleance - He saw the assassins that was killing his father and ran away from the scene as his father told him to.
Lady Macduff & her children
King of Scotland, Macbeth killed him for his throne.
Macbeth and his wife plotted this when Duncan came over for a dinner and stayed in his castle.
Macbeth killed him with a dagger when he was sleeping in his chamber.
He was killed because Macbeth wasn't pleased when he heard that Banquo's children will be kings and not his.
Macbeth hired three assassins to kill Banquo and Fleance, but Fleance fled when his father told him to.
He took his opportunity when Banquo was going to find Fleance.
They were killed because of the prophecy that told Macbeth to be beware of Macduff. " Macbeth! Macbeth! Macbeth! beware Macduff; Beware the Thane of Fife." (Act4 Scene1)
Three murderers broke into the castle and killed Lady Macduff and the her children.
Killed in action when Macbeth proved the prophecy " Be bloody, bold and resolute; laugh to scorn. The power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth" (Act4 Scene1)
He was introduced in the play as a war hero, whose fame on battlefield wins him great honor of the king.
A Scottish general.
Has a well built body as he is a soldier.
Macbeth has an insecurity complex and is vulnerable after hearing the witches' prophecies.
Macbeth has no qualms in killing anyone who threatens his position as a king.
He is the king of Scotland
The prophecy that his children will be kings
The prophecy to be beware of Macduff and the thane of Fife & the suspicions on Macbeth that he was Duncan's murderer.
Judging from the above, my prediction on Macbeth's next victim will be Macduff, when Macduff comes to kill him.
During Macbeth's first encounter with the three witches, they gave him two prophecies - He becomes Thane of Cawdor and he becoming the king of Scotland. He did not believe at first, but when he was given the title Thane of Cawdor, he started to believe in the witches' prophecy which led him to his downfall. Macbeth lost his sense of righteousness and became very insecure. Believing being the king is his destiny, he became a murderer.
Unusual behavior of Macbeth
"Let not light see my black and deep desires." (Act 1 Scene 4)
-After being honored by king Duncan, Macbeth was troubled with the desire to murder him.
"Is this a dagger which I see before me." (Act 2, scene 1)
—On his way to murder King Duncan, Macbeth hallucinated the bloody dagger leading the way to his crime.
"Methought I heard a voice cry "Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep," the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravell'd sleave of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course, Chief nourisher in life's feast" (Act 2, scene 2)
—After murdering King Duncan, Macbeth was afraid that he would not be able to sleep again.
"It will have blood; they say, blood will have blood" (Act 3, scene 4)
—After Banquo's ghost has gone, Macbeth feels that his crime is pursuing him.
"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" (Act2,scene2)
—Hearing a knocking at his palace gate, Macbeth feared that he would never be able to
wash away the evidence of his guilt.
Ambition was his biggest motivation in his killings.The witches' prophecies prophesied,
"All hail, Macbeth! that shalt be king hereafter"(Act 1, scene 3).
It started his temptations and motivations. He began to dream for the crown, and finally took it upon himself to make sure that the prophecy would come true.
Her thirst for the crown changed her completely.
She wanted Macbeth to kill King Duncan so that they can become king and queen of Scotland.
Macbeth didn’t want to kill the king at first, but Lady Macbeth’s manipulated him and tricked him into committing the crime.
It was Lady Macbeth, who started Macbeth into this road of bloodshed and murders. She was the person who started the
titivation for Macbeth's actions.
Macbeth was driven into crimes by Lady Macbeth
and his ambitions. But it was fear that kept the killings
going. He kept killing because he was afraid that someone would found out his wrongdoings. So he tried to cover up his tracks but murdering more people.
Physical Likeness of Macbeth
Macbeth was a brave and capable warrior, and a Scottish general and the thane of Glamis.
He must be well a well built and tall masculine
Macbeth Mental States
Stars, hide your fires!
Let not light see my black and deep desires.
--Macbeth, (act I, scene iv).
On the contrast to his brave masculine figures, Macbeth was a emotionally weak and unstable person.
The End ! :)