Who is guilty in the play "Macbeth" but doesn't necessarily have morals? (Besides Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.)I have to support the thesis which is: guilt does not necessarily mean you...

Who is guilty in the play "Macbeth" but doesn't necessarily have morals? (Besides Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.)

I have to support the thesis which is: guilt does not necessarily mean you have morals. Personally I'm against this thesis, but for school I have to find three characters to support this. So far I have:

1. Macbeth
2. Lady Macbeth

Can anyone help me find a third one?

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Have you considered the witches?  They are characters and they help move the plot along by toying with the Macbeths--Macbeth directly and indirectly, through the information from them in his letter, Lady Macbeth.

While they don't actually do anything to make Macbeth make the decisions he makes, they absolutely play a part.  They KNOW he will be mislead through false security in his interpretation of the apparitions of the bloody child, the forest, and the armed head.

They do not have morals as they act for their own entertainment value at the expense of human kind.  This is not just limited to Macbeth but also the swine they kill (hurting the farmer) and the sailor they blow winds for to lose him at sea (hurting his wife who refused to share her chestnuts with the second witch).

 

kirstens eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would consider Hecate specifically as a character in the play who does not have guilt and who is also without morals.  She is the catalyst for the other witches to trick Macbeth into thinking he has 'security' (man's chiefest enemy) and is the reason he believes himself to be invincible.  Without her, he may have lived.  And she shows absolutely no remorse for her evil actions, only anger that she was not consulted in the other witches' games. 

To me, she would be a perfect example of no guilt and no morals.