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Macbeth Essay

  • Submitted by: anonymous
  • on November 23, 2012
  • Category: Shakespeare
  • Length: 1,011 words

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A license to kill: Anxiety

Anxiety is a prevalent in every human beings life whether you are nervous to speak in front of a large crowd or are uncomfortable with your appearance.   There are several different forms of anxiety and many people are overwhelmed by it and may need to seek some sort of treatment.   Many times anxiety is caused by something you are fearful of doing, but after repeated successes of facing your fears it tends to fade away.   In the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth feel anxiety in the form of guilt after maliciously murdering innocent people.   Anxiety can lead to feelings of guilt, cause manipulation, and bring forth ambition.
Guilt occurs when people regret something that happened or something that they did.   Macbeth feels guilty at the thought of murdering King Duncan.   “Stars, hide your fires!   Let not light see my black and deep desires.” (Shakespeare, Act iv, scene I, 23-24).   Macbeth does not want the gods and goddesses of the heavens to know his intentions about killing Duncan and feels guilty at even the thought of doing so.   He feels forced by Lady Macbeth to kill King Duncan and does not want to be cursed.   After the murder of King Duncan, Macbeth is very remorseful for what he has done.   “I am afraid to think what I have done; Look on’t again I dare not.”   (Shakespeare, Act iii, scene iv, 54-55) Macbeth regrets killing King Duncan not only because he was a good King but also because he was loyal to Macbeth and supported Macbeth’s heroic deeds on the battlefield.   These feelings resolve after a while and he sends three murderers to kill one of his best friends Banquo because he is suspicious of Macbeth.   “Thou canst not say I did it.   Never shake thy glory locks at me.” (Shakespeare, Act iii, scene iv, 61-62).   Macbeth is hallucinating and seeing ghosts after he had the murderers kill Banquo.   These hallucinations Macbeth is having show how guilty he truly feels.   Macbeth’s feelings show what...

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