Macbeth In Transformation

Journey Of A Man Falling From Grace

Macbeth Act 3

After the murder, however, her powerful personality begins to disintegrate, leaving Macbeth increasingly alone. He fluctuates between fits of fevered action, in which he plots a series of murders to secure his throne, and moments of terrible guilt and after his wife’s deathhe seems to succumb to despair. These fluctuations reflect the tragic tension within Macbeth: he is at once too ambitious to allow his conscience to stop him from murdering his way to the top and too conscientious to be happy with himself as a murderer.


"Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown/

And put a barren scepter in my gripe,/

Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand,/

No son of mine succeeding, If ‘t be so,/

For Banquo’s issue have I filed my mind;/

For them the gracious Duncan have I murdered;"

"And though I could

With barefaced power sweep him from my sight

And bid my will avouch it, yet I must not,

For certain friends that are both his and mine,

Whose loves I may not drop, but wail his fall

Who I myself struck down; and thence it is

That I to your assistance do make love,

Masking the business from the common eye

For sundry weighty reasons"