A Never Ending Conflict:
Choices in Macbeth
Choices are essential for human growth. It is necessary to make decisions based off of your knowledge, and to weigh these options with your moral compass. Making decisions is a deeply personal process which requires one to look deeply into the retributions an action may have. In Macbeth, Shakespeare suggests that decisions affect the individual based on the moral goodness of a decision, and that a person is rewarded or admonished for their decisions.
The character most negatively affected by his decisions is Macbeth. His choice to accept evil into his heart, through the weird sisters led him to his demise. In my opinion, Macbeth is solely responsible for every evil act committed throughout the play because he is offered many chances to change his moral path, but decides to stick to his nefarious ways. Macbeth chose to buy into fate, which tempted him to kill the king after he became thane of Cawdor, which was the first half of the prophecy.
Macbeth’s consequence for murdering God’s representative, and therefore the representative of all that is sacred, is to become allied with exactly the opposite. He is doomed to live in evil and to bring himself to hell’s gates. His choices reflect his inability to cope with his immense grief after deciding to choose evil. Macbeth’s main flaw in his decisions is that he emanates repentance, but decides to continue sinning anyways, which is why he is damned to hell. Lady Macbeth is less so trapped in her decisions, but is still negatively affected by her choices.
Lady Macbeth is obviously very troubled by her own personal choices. However, unlike Macbeth, she can see the scope of how much damage she has done to the great chain of being. This key difference separates the two character’s final punishments to be radically different. On Macbeth’s side, he is killed by a harbinger of purity, Macduff, whereas Lady Macbeth commits suicide...
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