Ladies, gentlemen and members of the jury: today we have viewed the heinous actions of a man who stands trial as a murderer, usurper and tyrant. Driven by his lust for power, this man, Macbeth, has not only broken the sixth commandment “thou shall not murder” he has also committed the highest form of crime: Regicide.
Macbeth has not only dismissed our society’s ideal of law and order, he has intervened with God’s choice of King Duncan (may his soul rest in peace) as the rightful King of Scotland. Today we have a man before us who has clearly defied the laws of our society and the laws of the Lord.
Do we dare leave his crimes unpunished?
Do we dare give peace to the man who has acted against God?
Honorable members of the jury, today you must decide whether this man, Macbeth, is guilty of these monstrous crimes. Macbeth’s deceitful and blood-thirsty manner is indubitably shown by his lack of remorse and responsibility for the horrible crimes he has committed. He falters and stutters in the witness box as he claims that “the witches” had deceived him into murder and tyranny. That these “witches” were at fault.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, where are these witches now? Is there any evidence of the existence of these “witches”? The only other witness to the appearance of these witches was conveniently said to have been Banquo. Perhaps we can get Banquo to testify on the witness box, if it wasn’t for the fact that Macbeth had murdered him prior to this case.
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The reason why the guilt of Macbeth is so prominent throughout this trial is due to the substantial lack of evidence of the defense of Macbeth’s case. He has no witnesses, no justified explanation of his crimes and no physical proof of his innocence. So then where is the defense basing their arguments from? Because I certainly have no idea.
Exhibit A, the daggers which were proven to be the murder weapon of King Duncan was discovered in Macbeth’s bedroom. This piece of evidence is vital in determining the murderer which Macbeth has even testified of owning and using.
Exhibit B, a suicide letter written by Lady Macbeth addressed to Macbeth also provides crucial information concerning Macbeth’s crimes. Within this letter, Lady Macbeth thoroughly describes the planned murder of King Duncan with brief references to Banquo’s ghost. However the evidence of her participation in the murders does not cease there. The prosecution also has witness accounts of Lady Macbeth’s doctor describing what her compulsive hand-washing and sleepwalking had revealed. She repeatedly rambled about images of death, ghosts, guilt, Banquo and Duncan before her suicide. Lady Macbeth obviously had known or participated in the murders of Banquo and Duncan.
With every will there is a way. With every murder, there is a motive.
Macbeth’s motive for his murders, usurpation and tyranny was all for the same reason, ladies and gentlemen. And that is power, power, power. It is evident that Macbeth had killed King Duncan to reach the throne and grasp the crown – the crown of power. It is evident that Macbeth has successfully usurped the throne and that his fierce rule over Scotland was caused by his need to maintain the power he had stolen.
So without much further ado, there you have it ladies and gentlemen. It is clearly shown that Macbeth encompasses all the attributes of a guilty murderer, usurper and tyrant. With the abundance of physical evidence and witness accounts in combination with a justified motive for his crime, it is evident that Macbeth is guilty for these crimes and that his horrific actions must be dealt with accordingly.
"The greatest grieves are those we cause ourselves." This quote by Sophocles is saying that the things you most regret are the things you, yourself choose to do. If you do something to someone else, not only do you hurt another person, or other people, but also you hurt yourself. If someone else hurts you, you feel pain but not as much as having the guilt and pain of hurting other people walking ...