I need a quote showing how Macbeth (in Shakespeare's Macbeth) shows a lack of guilt. My thoughts are that after killing Duncun, Macbeth no longer feels guilt and is pretty relentless. I need a quote demonstrating that he is a changed person and that his character is deteriorating. Please help. Thank you! :)

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

I believe that Act III, Scene 1, in Shakespeare's Macbeth is probably the best scene to gather evidence for the change in Macbeth's character. Be careful how you express where the change in his character is evident. He is full of guilt after he kills Duncan; however, Macbeth becomes ruthless in the events leading to Banquo's murder. I would advise you to first gather quotations after Duncan's murder to indicate how guilty Macbeth feels at this point. For instance, you could indicate Macbeth's guilt by quoting his dialogue in Act II, Scene 2, when he tells Lady Macbeth that he will not go back to place the daggers near the grooms and smear them with blood after he murders Duncan.

I'll go no more:

I am afraid to think what I have done;

Look on't again I dare not

As well, at the end of Act 2, Scene 2, Macbeth hears knocking. His guilt and regret is reflected in his desire to wake Duncan with the knocking if he could.

To know my deed, 'twere best not know myself.

Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 544 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team