William Shakespeare's Macbeth
“This dead butcher” is not an accurate description of Macbeth.
Macbeth did not give an impression of a “butcher” since he was
affected by the death of Duncan. He had contemplated on the positive
and negative points about killing Duncan before he committed the act
of treason. However his ambition to be king and Lady Macbeth’s
persuasiveness and mocking had overridden his sense and logic which
caused him to commit this crime. He was consumed by guilt and regret
the minute after he killed Duncan.
Macbeth had not intended to murder Duncan at all. He was described as
someone admirable and brave since the book stated he ...view middle of the document...
and Thane of Cawdor: the greatest is behind’ shows us that his
ambition has been recognized since he contemplates how easy it would
be to become king, having obtained the title of Thane of Cawdor.
‘A prosperous gentlemen and to be king stands not within the prospect
of belief’ tells us that Macbeth knows he cannot be king therefore he
will have to do an evil deed. At this point, Macbeth had failed to
see sense therefore he was blind towards what was correct. When the
prospect of murder crossed his mind as a way to obtain the title, he
heart was beating hard from fear. He was appalled by the direction of
his thoughts yet he wanted the crown.
Being unsure of his own motives, he balanced the positive and negative
points of murder. He thought Duncan a kinsman and great king and wise
ruler and also being his cousin, he saw no reason to murder Duncan but
his ambition. “To prick the sides of my intent, but only/ Vaulting
ambition which o’erleaps itself’ tells us that he knows his ambition
is the only reason to murder Duncan yet he wants the crown. King
Duncan is depended upon by the people to hack down rebels and for
other important purposes. ‘This Duncan/ Hath borne his faculties so
meek, hath been/ So clear in his great office, that his virtues/ Will
plead like angels, trumpet-tongued against/ The deep damnation of his
taking off’ proves that Duncan maintained his duties as king well and
people who serve him respect and love him therefore if he were be
dead, the effect on the country and people would be devastating.
However, Lady Macbeth had intervened and pressurized him and called
him a coward to persuade him to kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth had
questioned Macbeth, ‘Are you a man?’ and Macbeth had been shocked,
being called a coward by his wife and frightened for not going on with
the promise and would rather beat the brains out of a baby drove him
to the point of committing murder.
He became so caught up by the idea of murder...