In Shakespeare's Macbeth, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both suffer the consequences of the guilt caused from murdering Duncan. In a brief essay, discuss the consequences of guilt as related to ONE of these characters. Be sure to include an introduction(thesis), three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. You must cite information from the text to support your ideas!
The Tragic Consequences of GuiltIn Macbeth, Lady Macbeth went through many stages of guilt, depression m and insanity. She went from one thing in the beginning, to another at the end. She has a twisted personality and lets her desire for achieving greatness take over and doesn't think about what she decides to do. Lady Macbeth turns from not caring and just killing, to feeling the guilt about what she did, and to finally just going crazy and committing suicide. In Shakespeare's Macbeth, the tragic consequences guilt accesses as going totally insane because of Duncan's murder.In the beginning of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth seemed like she was a real sweet wife, who really cared about her husband very much. Until she receives a letter from Macbeth, telling her about what was going on in the war he was in, how he was returning home, and how King Duncan was going to make him Thane of Cawdor. She also learns about what he learned witches - how Macbeth will become Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor, and King. Macbeth also finds out that Banquo's sons would be king but he will not, and Banquo would be much lesser than Macbeth but greater. Lady Macbeth becomes very obsessed with the witches promises, but states that Macbeth "is full of o' th' milk of human kindness." By this statement she was trying to say that her husband was too kind about things and wants to always get things the right way, but sometimes he needs to go for it, even if he has to break the rules. She thought that killing Duncan would be a good idea and that it would help Macbeth become king much quicker. It effects her because she tells herself that she has to make Macbeth a "real man," try to break the kindness that he has, and she then starts to think that Macbeth is weak and she is stronger than he is. This is ironic because when it comes done to it Macbeth conscience is stronger than hers.Lady Macbeth has become so obsessed with Macbeth becoming king that she starts to plan out a way to murder King Duncan and plots how she can help Macbeth become King more quicker. Lady Macbeth seems cruel and does not care about anything or anyone. When Macbeth returns home, she tells him about the plan for murdering Duncan. At first Macbeth does not agree with it and does not want to do it because he feels that he is Duncan's host, and he feels that Duncan has respect for his actions in the battle. Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth that he had to think about killing Duncan. When he tells her his decision, she feels that he is weak and too kind to others. When Macbeth finally comes to his senses and kills Duncan, he begins to act out with guilt and Lady Macbeth tells him not to think about it. "A little water clears us of this deed." After Duncan's murder, Lady Macbeth starts to feel the guilt about what they have done and feels like she cannot wash her wands from Duncan's blood. Later on in Macbeth, Lady Macbeth starts having trouble sleeping, because she thinks about the murder. Even though she did not actually kill Duncan with her bare hands, she still feels that she is responsible for the murder of Duncan. Lady Macbeth also remembers how she tells Macbeth that he needs not to think about the Murder of Duncan and thinks that she needs to do the same. She also thinks that maybe the insanity would go away.Lady Macbeth then starts to sleep walk and talk in her sleep about Duncan's murder, ""out, damned spot! Out, I say! One: two: why, the ‘tis time to do't. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier, and afread? What need we fear who