"Macbeth" In The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare characters
often could not escape the consequences of their choices. The choices that
some characters made in the play put them in a position which they could
not escape. In most of these cases the character feels remorse for the
choice they had made. The characters that I will be concentrating on are
Macbeth, Macduff, and Lady Macbeth. These characters are the best examples
of how characters could not escape their choices in the play. The
actions of Macbeth during the play sometimes put him in a situation which
he could not escape. An example of this is when Macbeth murders Duncan.
After he does it he regrets it and is afraid to think about it. This is
shown in the quote: I am afraid to think what I've done; look on't again I
dare not./(50-51, Scene 2, Act 2) Another example is after Macbeth had
Banquo killed and he sees Banquo's ghost at the table.
He goes crazy and
starts yelling at the ghost and he realizes that he cannot change what he
has done so he tries to ignore it. That same scene Lady Macbeth says:
Things without all remedy should be without regard: what's done is
done./(11-12, Scene 2, Act 3) These examples show how Macbeth cannot
escape the choices he made. Macduff's allegiance to the country of
Scotland leads to consequences which he cannot change. Macduff's
allegiance is shown when he left Scotland and his family to go to England.
There he met with Malcolm and started raising a army to overthrow Macbeth.
The result of this is the slaughtering of Macduff's wife and children by
Macbeth's men. He blames himself for their death and he knows he can do
nothing to change it. This is seen...