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Power of Guilt in Macbeth The world is full of decisions and everyone makes wise ones and poor ones at certain points in their life When poor decisions are made the consequences can result in a fine prison sentence death or even the feeling of guilt A good example of the effect of guilt on individuals can be seen in Shakespeares Macbeth In William Shakespeares play The Tragedy of Macbeth the power of guilt is seen in Macbeth Lady Macbeth and Macduff The characters guilt is due to unlawful and shameful deeds which they have committed Macbeths guilt is seen throughout the play especially after murders he has committed Although there are many scenes that illustrate the power of guilt three examples depict this the best The first time that Macbeth feels guilt is after the witches prophecies Macbeth is told that he will one day be king If chance will have me king why chance may crown me without my stirIiii142-45 With these words Macbeth is saying if I become by chance then good if I dont it doesnt matter Without my stir means without effort just like all of the other titles he has obtained Macbeth next shows guilt in the play when he finds out that Duncans son Malcolm will become the next king Macbeth thinks this is unfair because he feels has done so much more for the kingdom than Malcolm Also the prophecies indicated that he would be the next king When he returns home his wife Lady Macbeth conveys him that he must kill Duncan if to be king and it must done be that same night Macbeth is forced to believe he must kill Duncan in order to become king This causes him to feel guilty and disloyal toward Duncan His wife Lady Macbeth tells him that he must murder Duncan to get the power he rightfully deserves The dagger scene follows which shows Macbeths agony
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