Without a moral compass, also known as a conscience, we would simply be self-serving egotistical maniacs without an ounce of either sympathy or care for the well-being of our fellow man. In some, it is hard to see this conscience in action. But when another character comes into the frame completely lacking a moral compass, we can see it in comparison. In William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth we get this comparison. Though not on display on his own, when Lord Macbeth interacts with his wife, Lady Macbeth, we see that he does have a conscience. Yet evidence for her is hard to find. Lady Macbeth is psychotic. Everything she does seems to be evidence to the fact that she suffers from a mental illness. She is manipulative in her own way and she makes Macbeth turn bad and do the unthinkable, murder. And when Macbeth kills Duncan his downfall begins and guilt starts to slowly eat his very soul, revealing what we did not see on its own, his conscience.
Lady Macbeth is that perfect criminal, no regrets, no problems, always looking to get ahead in the game of life even if it means taking a life. Throughout the play she pushed Macbeth and played with his mind to get him to see through her crazed eyes. She showed him all the positives in being king and held it to such a stature that Macbeth had to become it. Macbeth loves his lady, he would do anything for her, and she saw that and uses it to her advantage, heartlessly. Act 1 Scene 5 - "And fill me from the crown to the toe top full Of direst cruelty; make thick my blood, Stop up the access and passage to remorse, That no compunctious visiting’s of nature Shake my fell purpose". This is basically Lady Macbeth pushing Macbeth to feel like she does, which for a sane person is impossible. She feels no remorse for her actions and thinks she is above others for feeling the way she does! She can’t see how Macbeth is feeling regret about something that doesn’t have remedy or cure.
Macbeth is truly a...
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