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Macbeths Fear of Conscience Fear no one likes it and yet it still exists among the human race As a feeling engendered deep within a mind fear strongly motivates someone to escape from his source terror In William Shakespeares Macbeth Macbeths deep fear of his own conscience leaves him with an empty soul at the end of the play and reflects the power of fear on ones mind Macbeths terror disturbed mind causes him to flee from his own feelings Desperately escaping from fear he eventually attempts to numb his conscience with more horrid deeds He is both afraid to know himself and afraid to comprehend his crimes After the murder of Duncan Macbeth doesnt want to understand himself and is afraid to cope with his conscience Fear grasps him from within forcing him to turn his back on his own feelings When Lady Macbeth tells Macbeth to return the daggers to the crime scene he replies I am afraid to think what I have done Look on t again I dare not 2266-667 Macbeth is fearful to admit to his deed because he is unable to have direct communication with his conscience Since fleeing is the first reaction associated with fear Macbeths consternation forces him to avoid his feelings and conscience He also refuses to see the result of his crime because seeing is believing To believe that he perpetrated it means he will have to answer to himself and feel guilty whereas simple denial is much easier to deal with While talking to Lady Macbeth Macbeth exclaims to know my deed twere best not know myself 2293 He is afraid to know himself and answer the question what kind of a man am I Macbeth is frightened to lose sleep over his own accusations of himself Fear is driving him over the edge resulting in his furious attempts to avoid it Macbeth is going to more desperate measures to end
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