Macbeth's Loss Of Innocence Analysis

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In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Macbeth slowly loses his mind and the control over himself throughout the play. Macbeth’s murder of King Duncan proves to have consequences for both himself and all of Scotland. It is as if he is a puppet of both fate and of others. Even by his own wife is he swayed so greatly, his innocence would have shown through to the end had it not been for his Lady Macbeth and her influence over him. At the beginning, despite Macbeth already wanting to be king. Lady Macbeth says to herself that he is too innocent to take the steps necessary to be king. As seen in Act 1, Scene 5; “Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness” At the same time Lady Macbeth too sheds her innocence in…show more content…
But she knows that evil spreads like a disease and once the “illness” catches, then he will be able to follow through. It is clear that Lady Macbeth already has evil within herself, but it is Macbeth who grows it within himself, a great darkness. Human kindness, femininity and innocence shall all be cast aside once evil takes root within these characters…show more content…
If the assassination could trammel up the consequence, and catch with his surcease success; that but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all here, But here, upon this bank and shoal of time, we’d jump the life to come.” He then fears of the events that might be set in motion. “But in these cases we still have judgment here, that we but teach bloody instructions, which, being taught, return to plague th' inventor: this even-handed justice commends the ingredients of our poisoned chalice to our own lip.” He then states his loyalty to King Duncan by not wanting to wrong someone that he should be right to. “First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; then, as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself.” Macbeth appears loyal to a fault, even when he decides to go through with the murder he still does not want to be the one to commit it. Then once again Lady Macbeth thwarts his innocence and applies more pressure on Macbeth. After the killing of Duncan, Macbeth is shaken, but soon after he shows that he finds that once the deed is done, one can cast aside all fears and become comfortable with

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