‘Till Verge Of Collapse Essay

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John Acton, known simply as Lord Acton was an English politician and writer, who is famous for saying, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” This truth is evident in Macbeth, a timeless tragedy, written by William Shakespeare in 1606, in which Macbeth, a noble Scottish war hero, is driven mad once he unnaturally steals power of the crown. His wife becomes the pivotal catalyst who instigates Macbeth to the unthinkable. Throughout Macbeth, Shakespeare utilizes blood to convey the guilt of both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, as well as the slow disintegration of their psyches, as the blood of each murder only further stains their ...view middle of the document...

Trauma of the murders eventually took their toll on Lady Macbeth, as the blood of all their victims began to distort her perception of reality, she began her descent to madness.{as the weight of her guilt crushed down upon her}. As the Doctor and Nurse stand by observing, in a trance, Lady Macbeth paces through the castle’s empty halls, and with the weight of her guilt crushing down upon her, she exclaims, “Out, damned spot! Out, I say!” (V, I, 37). The blood, which refuses to be cleansed, still haunts and “stains” her hands, symbolizes the permanent guilt that plagues her. Though the blood is not truly there, Lady Macbeth is no longer able to differentiate reality from the atrocious murders of her past. As her brain eventually loses its ability to support her subconscious, which has become fractured under the weight of her remorse of her sins, it begins to blend reality with past horrors. Lady Macbeth continues her ramblings as she paces the halls, further revealing her broken psyche by muttering aloud, “Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him”, a pronounced reference once again to the night of Duncan’s murder (V, I, 37). Just as her hands are “stained” with Duncan’s blood, her subconscious is unable to shake the memory, instead that cataclysmic night comes back to plague her, where even in her sleep she cannot escape. As her plunge to insanity becomes more prominent, the blood foreshadows her eventual demise, as already she is struggling to live under the tremendous guilt. This scene reveals that Lady Macbeth was indeed traumatized by having seen Duncan’s lifeless body drenched in blood, contrasting her initial demeanor; no longer is she the composed murder; now she is afflicted with the guilt of the her wickedness and cringes in remembrance.
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