Macbeth’s horrific deeds


You are currently preparing the following essay:

Describe any two of Macbeth’s most horrific deeds in the course of the play.

Here are some of the deeds that you may have chosen to write about:

  • The murder of Duncan (Act 2 Scene 2)
  • The murder of Banquo (Act 3 Scene 1)
  • Macbeth’s seeking out of the Witches (Act 4 Scene 1)
  • The murder of Lady Macduff and her son (Act 4 Scene 2)

Remeber to fully explain why they are horrific deeds and to include plenty of quotation in your notes so that you will be able to use them in your answer.

One thought on “Macbeth’s horrific deeds”

  1. The murder of Duncan in the play was the kickstart to Macbeth’s spree. Macbeth is a noble Scottish warrior who would never dream of committing such a terrible deed, until Lady Macbeth got her claws into Macbeth’s easily manipulated ego. Lady Macbeth questions Macbeth’s ‘manhood’ as he denies to murder King Duncan. As Lady Macbeth teases the feeble minded Macbeth he gives in to her childish mocking and goes ahead with the murder. The murder takes place off stage, but when Macbeth returns he is so shocked and appalled at what he has done he brings back the murder weapons with him, covered in blood. The deed itself is so horrific in the time of Macbeth, to kill a king is like killing God himself. A king in Macbeth’s time was God’s representative on earth, and to murder a king is the worst crime that can be committed.

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