Innocence And Power In Macbeth

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Right from the first act, it is recognizable that the characters, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the tragedy, Macbeth have a contrast in their relationship that no one else has. Throughout the development of their characters, they both experience thoughts relating to innocence, responsibility and power. As they both realize that each theme plays a part in their mind’s corruption, their sense of humanity starts to break with them. In the play, both characters are influenced by the themes of innocence, power, and responsibility, therefore corrupting their sense of humanity and impacting each action. All three of these themes connect back to how humanity breaks down, in the fact that they all alter each other and each action. The concept of responsibility…show more content…
“Methought I heard a voice cry, ‘Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep—the innocent sleep,’ sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care, the death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath...” (Macbeth - 2.2.35-38) Here, right after the murder of Duncan, Macbeth acknowledges his loss of innocence, leaving him in a state of self-judgement, ultimately altering his perspectives on responsibility, power, and humanity. On the other hand, Lady Macbeth starts to feel remorse and her innocence fading even before Macbeth had killed Duncan, showing her great responsibility in the acts although not physically performing this. For example, she states that she no longer wants to feel remorse so she is able to complete the task. She says, “That no compunctious visitings of nature shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between the effect and it!” (Lady Macbeth - 1.5.35-38) Again, this connects back to the concept that every theme alters another, like Lady Macbeth’s innocence changes her amount of responsibility. Ultimately, the theme of innocence plays a large part in the role of corrupting the perspective and sense of humanity in the characters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, also changing the amounts of power and responsibility in the

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