After having killed Duncan, Macbeth feels doomed and self-condemns himself in such way that when he ÃÂha[s] most need of blessingÃÂ, he can ÃÂnot say amenÃÂ. However, much has been debated whether the burden for having killed is only borne by Macbeth or if he shares the blame with somebody else. The purpose of the present essay is to state why I believe that Macbeth has killed only out of greed and is therefore doomed to hell and eternal damnation.
In first place, although Macbeth carefully considers the consequences of him murdering Duncan and knows that he should not kill for several reasons, he later commits the murder. Macbeth is tempted by the prospect of being King of Scotland, so what in the end makes him murder is his ruthless seeking after power, being his ambition the tragic flaw that causes his downfall: ÃÂI have no spur / To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambitionÃÂ.
As he journeys from being a brave soldier to a murderer, Macbeth is revealed as a deeply sensitive man, tortured by his imagination and his conscience. He knows that it is wrong to kill Duncan and struggles to overcome his evil thoughts, but he cannot overcome his ambition.
In second place, Macbeth is shown to be a ÃÂgood and hardy soldierÃÂ and a ÃÂworthyÃÂ man, thus he is strong and has a conscience. He is strong enough to defeat hoards of enemies but cannot defeat his own greed and later his conscience: despite knowing that what he does is wrong, he does it none the less, hence suffering the torture of his conscience as a result; Macbeth is so conscience-stricken that feels as if his ÃÂhand will rather / The multitudinous seas red incarnadineÃÂ. He is constantly tormented by his...