Fear: A Persistent Torture for Macbeth .
One can affirm that Macbeth changes from a conscious honorable nobleman to a pitiless cruel murderer. At the beginning of the play, it becomes clear that Macbeth is aware of the terrible deed that implies killing Duncan; consequently, he fears eternal damnation for committing that crime. Regardless of such fears, he still kills the king, which leads his fears to grow stronger, as it can be perceived throughout most of the play. Although, after meeting with the witches for the second time, he starts feeling more confident and invulnerable, his fears reappear again when he has to face Macduff; therefore, it is a fact that fear becomes an ever-present torture that chases after Macbeth and does not leave him in peace. .
The first time that Macbeth manifests the fears that he feels towards killing the king is in the First Act:.
why do I yield to that suggestion .
Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair .
And make my seated heart knock at my ribs, .
Against the use of nature? Present fears.
Are less than horrible imaginings.
My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,.
Shakes so my single state of man (Act I, scene III, line 134).
Undoubtedly, the only thought of murdering the king becomes a scary idea to Macbeth. He says that his hair turns "unfixed- and that his heart beats faster, agitated, by just picturing the imagine of assassination. Clearly, he feels so afraid, scared that he even "shakes- when he thinks about murder. Then, it is evident that since the beginning of the play, even before killing Duncan, fear invades Macbeth, which also demonstrates that Macbeth does have a conscious mind that makes him discern between good and evil. In other words, Macbeth fears that, by committing such a crime, he will act against his own moral, against his own nature; he will become a traitor who will be pursuit and eternally condemned. Still, regardless of those fears and moved by evil ambition, he kills Duncan and, as a consequence, his fears grow stronger inside of him for most of the play.