Macbeth: Changin In Morality Essay

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One of the most profound and disturbing themes in Shakespeare’s Macbeth involves the changing in morality. Macbeth had changed his whole outlook on life throughout the course of the book, ranging from being reluctant to kill a noble friend to doing anything to it takes to maintain his position as king.
Macbeth is one of many famous tragic plays that Shakespeare had created. In comparing Macbeth to the others plays, the story is shorter and shows a lot of darkness in the world. Everything from death, dishonest inclination, deceit, sins, treachery and greed can be found in the book Macbeth. The world has changed dramatically between the year the play was written and current everyday life, the themes in this play, such as greed and treachery have never been honest traits. The play is immoral, and shows almost every evil quality that human beings can have. “Morality is defined as the conformity to established sanctioned codes or accepted notions between right and wrong” (Jamieson, n.d. pg.1).The real answer is one point of view do you take from all of this. “Shakespeare wanted his audience to focus on the main character Macbeth, and from that point of view justice was served” (Scott, 1992, pg. 4).
Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth, had talked Macbeth into kill in order to obtain the title of King. The two of them became caught in the act of greed. At the end of the book, MacBeth was killed by Macduff. “Death becomes the ultimate punishment for the ultimate sin, killing” (Rae, 2000, pg.87).
The King of Irleand tried to conquer Scotland, so MacBeth killed him. Then current king Duncan named Macbeth the thane of Cawdor. During this time in the play, Shakespeare points out Macbeth’s loyalty to his king and to his country. During a fight on the battlefield, the witches prophesize that Macbeth will become King. Macbeth wanted to know more about this. Once his. Lady MacBeth heard about the prophecy through MacBeth and wanted him to take action.In the beginning, MacBeth was skeptical about going out with the whole plan. Lady Macbeth then proceeds to question his manhood by telling him “When you durst do it, then you were a man” (Braunmuller, 1997 2.2.34).Lady MacBeth just showed one of the immoralities she committed. They did not take the blame upon themselves, but instead they choose to smear Duncan’s blood on the chambermaids while they are asleep, putting the blame on them. Within the same sinful act, they have demoralized themselves twice. Some admiration may be given to an ambitious person, even if he has killed, but not when the act is committed in a cowardly fashion. “In the story of Macbeth, killing was essential to form a personal preference for one’s own ambition.” (Scott, 1992, pg.107).
At this current stage in the play, Both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are at fault, but one may ask who deserves the greater punishment. Applying modern-day law, Lady Macbeth would actually be more at fault than Macbeth because Lady Macbeth understood from...

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