bloody macbeth

DATE 09/10/00

Bloody Macbeth

Macbeth was written by William Shakespeare in 1606. In Act 2, we see Macbeth assassinate the king, and get shaken from it. Later on in Act 3, Macbeth plans to kill Banquo by murderers to assure his own safety. On the other hand, the three witches appear with Hecate, and plan to show Macbeth some magic that will lead him to his own destruction. Act 3 also reveals Macduff going England for help in freeing Scotland from the tyrant Macbeth. Macbeth is so obsessed by thoughts of the murder that he starts to hallucinate. Once he commits murder he feels guilt, fear and regrets, but lack of safety and his ambitions force him to become a murderer and takes him into the river of blood.

Macbeth, who plans to kill his own king, is so obsessed by thoughts of the murder that he starts to hallucinate. In Act 2, we see Macbeth reveal his feeling before assassin the king. He says, “Is this a dagger which I see before me, / The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee!” (2.1.42-43). In other words Macbeth see the dagger that he plans to use in the murder, a dagger which beckons him toward King Duncan’s door. Put another way he is seeing something not present. Macbeth understands that he is getting into a bloody business, but he is not horrified. Rather, he wants to be as deadly as the dagger. Having succumbed to his ambitions to gain the Crown by whatever means, Macbeth plan to kill his own king at his own castle.
Once Macbeth commits murder he losses his mind and starts to feel guilt. He starts hearing voices that are not really spoken. Macbeth returns from the king’s room dazed with horror. Macbeth says, “Still it cried, sleep no more! to all the house; / Glamis hath murdered sleep, and therefore Cawdor / Shall sleep no more! Macbeth shall sleep no more”(2.2.56-60). In other words, Macbeth says that, he seems sure that he who murdered an innocent man in his sleep will never sleep again. It also shows how scared and frightened Macbeth is. He can’t imagine what his hands have done. The sleep represents that Macbeth is not going to have rest in his life because in his imagination he hears a voice that says, Macbeth sleep murder and will sleep no more.
Once his conscience comes back Macbeth starts to get frightened. While Macbeth imagines that he has heard voices, he continuously carries grooms’ daggers. Lady Macbeth tells him that he must take the daggers back, put them with the grooms, and smear the grooms with blood, so it will look like the grooms killed the king. Macbeth is however is frighten of what he has done. He says, “I’ll go no more: / I am afraid to think what I have done; / Look on’t again I dare not” (2.2.66-68). Macbeth is so shaken by the murders that he brings the daggers with him to Lady Macbeth. In other words, Macbeth says, that he can’t go back to put the daggers because he is afraid to look at what his own hand has done to his own king. It reveals Macbeth feels scared and frightened. He couldn’t believe what his own hands have done. Macbeth can do nothing except stare at his hands, which remind him the deed he has done. It also shows how terrified he is. Macbeth is paralyzed with the horror of what he has done.

As Macbeth gets frighten of what he has done, he starts to regret. When Macbeth looks at his bloody hands he says, “Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this blood / Clean from my hand? No. This my hand will rather / The multitudinous seas incarnadine / making the green one red” (2.2.78-80). In other words, Macbeth looks at his hands as though he has never seen them before, and he feels that looking at them is like getting his eyes gouged out. The Duncan’s blood on his hands causes this horrible fascination, and he feels that the blood can never be washed away. Before his hands are clean, they will make all the seas of the world turn red. Macbeth is sorrowful for the bloody deed