It is paradoxical that this, perhaps the most memorable—and beautiful—passage in the entire drama, is a celebration of despair, of the meaninglessness of life. That made you break this enterprise to me?
And he himself is a kind of Christian hero because he shares the compassion for humanity which is presumably the motive of Jesus himself in accepting the sacrifice on the cross. Those opinions, for which Lady Macbeth has nothing but contempt, would have been sufficient for Macbeth to live a happy life.
The consequence of her victory and of the murder that follows is a transformation in the characters of both of them. Her death is his ultimate defeat, since it was his partnership with her that was the ultimate cause of his rejecting his own better judgment, and risking everything rather than be rejected by her.
Macbeth and another General called Banquo are confronted by the three witches on their way home. Lady Macbeth drives out of mind any alternative to murder.
It provides us, at one and the same time, the height from which the hero falls, and the mystery of why he falls, after such a clear vision of the impossibility of success and the certainty of retribution.
It was she who by the valor of her tongue chastised him into reversing himself. There is no greater irony than that Macbeth has to commit the murder to prove his fidelity.
His punishment, as we shall see, is not in his alienation from God, but from beloved human beings. The thought of murdering the child she once had—which was, incidentally, male—as a means of gaining the crown, is intrinsically inconsistent with his ambition to found a dynasty.
That ambition "should" be attended by release from moral restraint is a thesis much older than Machiavelli. The reason his suffering is heroic is that he suffers for the sake of a suffering humanity. The murder—or homicide—he had committed proves in the end to be the fortunate means of the only salvation possible in a dead universe.
He seems to be in some kind of minimum security prison, with Sonia nearby to alleviate whatever of hardship there may be. The lesson of the play is the inexorable and inescapable vindictive power of the moral universe.
She repeatedly attributes to him a previous commitment to the murder, which he never made.
There are three sets of reasons given, in ascending form. What could she desire that would justify her in her own mind in murdering the smiling infant at her breast?
Such reform of society as may be envisioned has nothing to do with politics, and in fact subsists upon the conviction that salvation consists in direct action—such as murdering an old woman, or a royal family.May 20, · The Decline of Macbeth’s Mental Stability May 20, / violetbecker Various aspects of life influence mental stability such as a family history of mental disease, a sudden psychotic break, or even a gradual progression of symptoms.
The moral decline is worse than what has come before, because at this point, Macbeth is putting his soul and the afterlife at risk in order to satisfy his ambitions, what brings him down the Chain as he lacks the reason and abuses passion.
If shows Macbeth that Banquo's descendants will provide the country with a succession of kings In scene 2, the lines spoken by Macduff's wife and son illustrate Shakespeare's great skill at characterization. The moral order, accordingly, is more powerful than the evil spirits that Lady Macbeth called upon.
The moral order, according to The Stranger or Crime and Punishment, lacks any such power. Both of these works record the declining power of morality in Western civilization, and in this sense they record the decline of the West.
Macbeth is a great example of how Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to convey the moral decline of a brave and admirable hero, into a regicide-committing evil tyrant. Macbeth is a great example as the character Macbeth starts the play as. Macbeth's moral decline.
In this scene we witness the further moral decline of Macbeth. At the start of the play, he was a respected soldier, newly honoured by Duncan and described by the king as a 'peerless kinsman' (I). Now knowing the king is dead, Macbeth is forced to lie to Macduff and Lennox.Download