Senseless Murder Portrayed In Macbeth

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Senseless Murder Portrayed In Macbeth

Senseless murder portrayed in Macbeth

Senseless by definition means something committed without reason or valuable explanation towards the matter. In the play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare the main protagonist (Macbeth) committs multiple acts of senseless mass murders. Such as the death of Duncan, Banquo and Macduffs family.


In the play Macbeth written by Wiliam Shakespeare 12 people were killed, 10 of the deaths being Macbeth's fault. Specifically 4 senselss murders committed the death of Duncan, Banquo, Macduff's wife and Macduff's son. The death of Duncan was seen as senseless murder because he died due to Macbeth's greed. The death of Banquo was an exemplification of a senseless murder because Macbeth had no moral act or valuable reason other than Banquo was seen as a threat to Macbeth's throne. Therefore banquo was the victim in a senseless murder. Finally the death of Macduff's family was portrayed as a senseless murder, because there death was a warning to Macduff. Macbeth had no other reason to murder Macduff's family.

"Will Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand?" (Shakespeare II.ii)"There's daggers in men's smiles." (Shakespeare II.iii)"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."(Shakespeare II.ii)"Our fears in Banquo stick deep, and in his royalty of nature reigns that which would be feared. Tis much he dares."(Shakespeare III.i)

The first quote represents Macbeth's first senseless murder committed. Duncan's blood lies on the hands of a senseless murderer, Macbeth.The result in Duncan's murder results in the crowning of Macbeth and furthermore the path to his insanity and murders.The second quote shows how Macbeth's innocent smile was a facade over what he was capable of. It also signifys the murder he was capable of; appearence vs reality. The last and final quote represents how Macbeth's actions and the mass senseless murders he commits causes guilt on his conscience. This is the result on a sudden transformation in his character and change through the play.

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Mental illness which can be portrayed in Macbeth's persona is also a key factor to the result of senseless mass murders.

William Shakespeare shows his readers how the root of insanity can lead to a fatality of endless results. The tragedy exemplified in Macbeth and his other works is the result of insanity.


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