Although it may seem that Macbeth is emotionally stable throughout the beginning of the play, Shakespeare makes Macbeth go through situations that confuse him and make him angry. Being influenced by Lady Macbeth and the witches, as a result he viciously and cruelly murders Duncan, who was an innocent man. Following that, Macbeth orders murder’s to kill Banquo who was another innocent man. They both were loyal men, loyal to Scotland and loyal to Macbeth. But, because of that Macbeth faces confusion, regret, and never ending torment. By examining Shakespeare’s use of blood one can determine that blood shed from Duncan and Banquo’s murders cause Macbeth emotional damage because of the fact that they were innocently killed.
Duncan was the first victim innocently killed by Macbeth. Macbeth suffers emotionally throughout the whole entire play because of this murder. The following quote “There’s one did laugh in’s sleep and one cried murder” (Shakespeare, 45) Macbeth begins hallucinating right after the death of Duncan. Macbeth runs into the room to Lady Macbeth telling her that the “deed is done” and that he kept hearing voices. Now, at the of Act 1 Macbeth was so confused on what he was going to do, that when Lady Macbeth began teasing him and saying he wasn’t a real man he became furious, and he proved her wrong ultimately by committing the murder of Duncan. Macbeth knows Duncan died an innocent death. Duncan wasn’t a traitor or anything of that sort, Duncan actually thought of Macbeth to be a noble gentleman, but because Duncan was innocently killed it taunts Macbeth, it’s emotionally damaging to him. Macbeth can’t stop thinking about the death of Duncan and the blood on his hands will “remain” there forever. When I say remain, I mean this death with forever be in the back of Macbeth’s mind. “With all great Neptune ocean was this blood clean from my hand” (Shakespeare, 47) Macbeth’s emotional state just begins to deteriorate more and more as the play continues.
Banquo was the second innocent murder that Macbeth had committed. Even though Macbeth didn’t commit the murder himself, that’s what is the most significant about it. “So he is mine and in such bloody distance that every minute of his being thrusts against my nearest of life; though I could with barefaced power sweep him from sight” (Shakespeare, 73) Banquo’s descendants were prophesized by the witches that they would inherit Macbeth’s...