Macbeth - David Scott Kastan, Jesse M. Lander, William Shakespeare The reluctant tyrant. The once honorable Macbeth acknowledges the overpowering evil of his ambition and yields to it regardless. As he murders and plots, he finds no satisfaction in the deeds, only a desperate attempt to bring peace after his usurpation. In the end, he recognizes the horror he has brought to Scotland, and himself, yet he refuses to submit. A refusal not rooted in any hope of success or redemption. Simply constancy. The man who had lived his life full of honor up to his fall commits to his depths with the same single-mindedness.

Lady Macbeth’s ruthlessness dominates in the scenes which she appears, but the best parts are the moments when Macbeth comments on his own failings. Almost like an audience member to his own play, his detachment emphasizes his surreal observation of his own evil. He makes no justification nor apology for his actions. Macbeth is painfully aware of his own failure to live up to his own moral code. And, in true Greek tragic form, he resists a fate that was clearly foretold.