right or wrong. In the play Macbeth it was fear that was the mainmotivating factor that influenced the outcome of the play. This can be proved by the subsequent murders that followed after Duncan’s, why were these committed? Because Macbeth was scared of being caught and having to pay for the wrongs he had done. Also look at Lady Macbeth, he constant washing of her hands, sleepwalking and other behaviour like this. All done out of fear, and like her husband fear of being caught. The final piece of proof I offer is Macbeth’s actions, they were all due to fear, not only of being caught but of the witches’ prophecies, he was scared of them coming true and tried to stop them from happening. This whole play was inspired by fear and what it and do to a person.
To begin, we’ll address Macbeth’s subsequent murders, following Duncan’s. For Macbeth, he’s just killed the King of Scotland and blamed it on his son. It worked and he became King, however he remembered the witches’ prophecies. They claimed that Macbeth would be King, but it would be Banquo’s children that would follow after him. This made Macbeth very angry, he risked everything to become King and after him none of his family will follow.Only for them; and mine eternal jewelGiven to the common enemy of man,To make them kings, the seeds of Banquo kings![Act III, S I, L 72-75] Here Macbeth realizes that if something is not done to Banquo, then his sons will become King. Macbeth can’t have this, he’s already worried that his soul will go to hell for what he’s already done. His fear become evident in this scene also, “But to be safely thus: our fears in Banquo Stick deep;” [Act III, S I, L 53-54] Macbeth then has Banquo murdered, however his son Fleance escapes in the attack. Next Macduff refuses to accept Macbeth as king and flees to England to join Malcom. And also the witches tell him to beware of Macduff, which angers Macbeth and drives him to kill Macduff’s family. More fear of losing the impending battle with England, makes Macbeth start doing anything that will give him an edge in the final battle. Macbeth’s fear is starting to consume him, he can no longer sleep and is ravaged by guilt over what he’s done.
As well Lady Macbeth is being comsumed by fear and guilt, she is slowing losing her sanity. This is a result of her not beingable to handle what she has done to Duncan. As shown in this quoteOut, damned spot!out,I say!One;Two:why,then ’tis time to do’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord,fie! a soldier and afeard? What need we fear who knowsit, when none can call our power to account?[Act V, S I, L 32-35] Here Lady Macbeth is trying to wash out what she sees as being blood on her hands. As well she mentions hell an obvious fear of going there for what she has done. At the start Lady Macbeth was the one pushing on Macbeth to kill Duncan but as the play goes on she becomes weaker as Macbeth becomes stronger, Macbeth isn’t troubled by what he has done to the extent Lady Macbeth is. Her role in the play slowly becomes smaller and smaller as she ends up being driven mad by the guilt and soon can no longer take, and ends up taking her own life hoping that her torment will end now that she is dead. “The Queen, my Lord is dead” [Act V, S 5, L 18], Lady Macbeth takes her life right before the battle against the english is about to begin. This taking of her own life demonstrates her fear and in the end what that fear can do to a person.
Now we come to the witches prophecies, these are a main source of fear for Macbeth, after all where has he learned everything from. With each new vision, Macbeth falls deeper and deeper into an evil spiral. From the witches first prediction of Macbeth being king, which made Macbeth kill to become king. As well