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Human Values Depicted in the Tragedies of Macbeth

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UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

How moral values are treated in Shakespeare’s play ‘The tragedies of Macbeth’

Low value is placed in human life. People are murdered for personal gain. Death results to revenge which also involves the shed of blood. Morally according to the bible killing is a sin and revenge is also said to be an evil trait, it advocates for forgiving and forgetting. A wounded sergeant reports to King Duncan of Scotland that his generals, Macbeth (who is the Thane of Glamis) and Banquo, have just defeated the allied forces of Norway and Ireland, led by the rebel Macdonwald. Macbeth, the King's kinsman, is praised for his bravery and fighting prowess and awarded the title ‘The Dane of Cowdar’. The shedding of human blood is put to praise, the person committing the crime even referred to as brave.
Macbeth again easily kills the king, Duncan so as to achieve his personal goal and to fulfill the witches’ prophecy. He further tells Macduff that he killed the maids he thought took part in the death of the King. No action is taken due to the low value placed to human life. He also kills Banquo and the people in Macduff's castle, including Macduff's wife and their young children.
The use of witches and supernatural powers are seen as evil and anyone following them is seen as evil. In the medieval ages witches were seen as worse than rebels, "the most notorious traitor and rebel that can be. They were not only political traitors, but spiritual traitors as well. Much of the confusion that springs from them comes from their ability to straddle the play's borders between reality and the supernatural. They are so deeply entrenched in both worlds that it is unclear whether they control fate, or whether they are merely its agents. They defy logic, not being subject to the rules of the real world. Rules of the real world proclaim that only God has the power to control fate not any powers can do that. They trick Macbeth and make him believe there...

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