Physical and Emotional

Duncan's Murder


After a visit from the three witches, Macbeth is told of his future and one day being king. Knowing that he may need to kill to achieve the status of king, his wife Lady Macbeth pressures him into killing King Duncan so he can take the royal throne. With uncertainty and timidness, Macbeth kills King Duncan in his sleep.

In order for Macbeth to kill King Duncan, he also had to kill other innocent people. Macbeth had to slay both guards in his castle. Macbeth had to have a plan of smearing the blood on the drunken guards to make it look as if the committed the crime. This shows that the killing of one person leads to more killing. One sin leads to another sin.


Macbeth decides to listen to the witches and act on the their prophesies about his future of someday being king. Macbeth felt he needed to make his decisions by what the future held.

Before Macbeth killed Duncan, he imagined a Dagger before him. The Dagger's handle was towards his hand and its tip pointing in the direction of Duncan's room. Macbeth stated~ "Is this a dagger I see before me? Can't you be felt as well as seen? Or are you just an imaginary dagger? The invention of a sick mind." Macbeth is starting to die emotionally inside for he is becoming obsessed with power and imagining sinful things. Macbeth's mind has now started to corrupt by hearing a ringing bell that he thinks is his "welcoming" to kill Duncan. Macbeth also thinks he hears a haunting voice saying "sleep no more."

Although Macbeth is somewhat blind and unaware, he now has a crave for power and will continue to kill until he feels he can reach satisfaction.

Banquo's Death


Now that Macbeth is king, he fears Banquo and plans to have him and his sons assassinated.

Macbeth arranges two murderers to set out and kill Banquo for him. In return they are promised and rewarded that they will grow closer to Macbeth and have his affection. Macbeth is more worried about himself and keeping loyalty with the people around him than to murder Banquo himself.

The murder of Banqou was a bloody stabbing. The murderers slit his throat, put twenty trench-like gashes to his head, and left him in a ditch to die.


When Macbeth decides that Banquo needs to be murdered, he has officially reached emotional death. Macbeth has reached the point where he is becoming mad over self power and just wants more and more power. Macbeth didn't share with his wife the plans for Banquo's death and went about the murder plans himself.

The fact that Lady Macbeth planned out Duncan's murder for Macbeth, and now Macbeth is leaving her out, shows how he is now only in the game for himself.

Macbeth called Banquo an enemy and states that everyday he is alive is a like a stabbing to his heart. Banquo and Macbeth use to be friends, and now Macbeth claims he has always been an enemy to him.

Macbeth is becoming very paranoid and saying that his mind is full of scorpions and evil.

During Macbeth's supper he is visited by the ghost of bloody Banquo. He yells and screams at the ghost spilling information about the past murderers. Macbeth's emotional death is escalating quickly and each murder he commits is sinking him deeper in sickness, and the more violent and horrified he becomes.

The ghost of Banquo haunts Macbeth (Goold adaptation)

Macduff's Family Murdered


Macbeth's decision to have murderers show up at Macduff's castle to kill his wife and son was simply to kill out of evil. Now knowing that MacDuff turned against him, nothing stopped Macbeth from killing anyone. Macduff was obviously insane by the way he had Macduff's wife and son brutally killed. Of the three murders, the murder of the Macduff family was the most horrific and brutal.

Macbeth's murder of King Duncan has led to an outragious killing spree that has permanently corrupted his mind. Macbeth's trust in the witches prophesies has ruined his life.


Macbeth has officially hit rock bottom. He is killing innocent people just for evil. Nothing will stop Macbeth from achieving power. Killing the Macduff family with a wife and son shows that nothing will stand in the way of Macbeth.

One Bad Deed Leads To Another

This is Macbeth's seventh murder he has committed in such a small amount of time. Macdeth's bad deed of death has caught wild fire and taken over his life. He is not just trying to keep his place as king, but killing out of evil and revenge. Macbeth has betrayed his wife in all his plans and acts off his emotions and the witches prophesies.

Death was expressed many times throughout the play of Macbeth both physically and emotionally. Macbeth committed the murder of Duncan under his wife's desire and witches prophesies, which led him to madness over self power. Macbeth slowly increased his emotional death, for he became insane and sick in the mind with every murder he committed or assigned. Macbeth's madness for power eventually led to his death.


Shakespear, William. The Tragedy of Macbeth. 1971.