Macbeth Morality And Justice Essay

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William Shakespeare?s Macbeth is the last of four tragedies that were made into plays. The other?s being Hamlet, King Lear and Othello. Compared to the others, Macbeth is a short play and is considered to be his darkest work. The play includes murder, evil inclination, betrayal, deceit, treachery and possibly the most influential feature, greed. The play is not only extremely immoral, but it?s portrays almost every evil quality that human beings can bear. Morality is defined as the conformity to established sanctioned codes or accepted notions of right and wrong. Even though society has changed dramatically between the year this play was written and contemporary culture, the themes in this play, such as murder and deceit have never been accepted as noble notions. Nonetheless, the question of whether justice is served can only be answered by which point of view one takes. Assuming Shakespeare wanted his audience to focus on Macbeth, the main character, one can honestly say that justice was indeed served. Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, who persuaded him to kill in order to obtain the title of King of Scotland, both become delusional and Macbeth, with plenty of suffering along the way, eventually dies. And as we know, death is the ultimate punishment for the ultimate sin, killing.As the Irish attempt to invade Scotland, Macbeth kills the Irish leader, Macdonald. For this, the current king Duncan names Macbeth the thane of Cawdor. At this point, Shakespeare implies Macbeth?s allegiance to his king and to his country. On the battlefield, the witches prophesize that Macbeth will become King. Obviously, Macbeth is intrigued by this and wonders why they said that. Once Lady Macbeth hears the prophecy, she propels Macbeth to take action and kill Duncan in order to speed up the process. At first, Macbeth is hesitant to kill the current king, but Lady Macbeth persuades him by revealing that he has ?th? milk of human kindness.? Macbeth caves in and agrees, but changes his mind once again after the king has dined. Lady Macbeth then proceeds to question his manhood by telling him ?when you durst do it, then you were a man.? Here, we see the first instance of immorality by Lady Macbeth and the second instance shortly follows as Macbeth takes her advice and kills the king. As dreadful as murder is, they should have the boldness to take the blame upon themselves. 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.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 the beginning what actions were about to...

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