Original sin no longer drives us to madness.
Out, damned spot! Out, I say!—One, two. Why, then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky!—Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him.
(Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 1)
With his characteristically sharp insight into the human condition, Shakespeare illustrates through Lady Macbeth the malady that afflicts all humanity: original sin. Scrub as we might, we can never remove its ...