How Does Shakespeare Show Us That Each Murder Is Easier Than the Last for Macbeth?

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How does Shakespeare show us that each murder is easier than the last for Macbeth?

Macbeth is renowned for his continuous list of killing, for example that of Duncan and Banquo, and the potential killing of Fleance. In this essay, Macbeth’s thoughts and actions leading up to these murders will be analyzed and a conclusion will be drawn from this deciding if murder appears easier for Macbeth as each of his ‘enemies’ are eliminated.

Lady Macbeth instantaneously thinks of killing, or getting Macbeth to kill Duncan, when she receives the letter from Macbeth informing her of what the witches foretold. She says “hie thee hither, That I may pour my spirits into thine ear”, which means that she has already made the intention of persuading Macbeth into killing the king, just moments after reading the letter. There is evidence that Macbeth attempts to avoid the conversation with his wife by saying ‘’We will speak further,’’ which means he is trying to say, ‘we’ll talk about it later, and trying to put the subject off. However, Lady Macbeth responds by saying ‘Leave the rest to me,’’ Macbeths uncertainty is clear, it is Lady Macbeth who fully supports the idea.

As the day of the deed approached, Macbeth began to doubt whether or not he should commit this act of treason, he is torn between two ways ‘’if it were done, when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well- it were done quickly; if th’assassination could trammel up the consequence’’ This demonstrates Macbeth as being confused and doubtful, Shakespeare has used euphemism to emphasis this. An example of this can be found in the previous quote, Macbeth refers to the act of murder as ‘it’ on numerous occasions, providing the impression that he is trying to avoid what he is contemplating on doing, not once does he actually use the word murder.

In Macbeths train of thoughts in his famous soliloquy, he is much more biased towards letting Duncan live, The only real argument for killing the king is weak, and this is ‘’if the...
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