Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth” is about a man named Macbeth who is an ambitious person, will commit atrocious acts to achieve his desires. At the end of the play, Malcolm expresses Macbeth and lady Macbeth as “this dead butcher and his fiend like queen”. Lady Macbeth’s evil is restricted to the first murder, but on the other hand, Macbeth who starts off as a noble hero, goes from one ruthless killing to the next. Even though Macbeth has made immoral decisions, you still need to consider the fact that the audience has a clear understanding of both Macbeth and lady Macbeth’s conscience and guilt from the murders afterwards. Therefore, since they have conscience and experience guilt, it is difficult to say they deserved this epitaph.
After being responsible for the deaths of two people, Duncan and Banquo, Macbeth is in a state where he feels the need to keep murdering people that could possibly get in his way of becoming king. Macbeth exclaims his internal battle when planning for the death of Macduff: “I am in blood, Stepped in so far that, should I wade no more,” (3.4 141-143). When Macbeth says this he is expressing that he feels so far into this game of murder, and Shakespeare dramatically describes this as Macbeth figuratively, being in blood. Macbeth believes that he has “waded” so far into this blood that it would not make sense for him to stop, but to keep murdering anyone that could prevent him from becoming king. Macbeth and his men are not successful in killing Macduff, but do kill Macduff’s wife and son.
This consensus can be further concluded due to Shakespeare’s decision to add further details regarding the knife. Late in the speech, Shakespeare indicates that the knife eventually disappears from Macbeth’s vision. These vivid details suggest that Macbeth is hallucinating due to immense fear he has regarding his future steps of murder. This mood of confusion suddenly switches as Macbeth decides that he is going to follow through with his plans of murdering Duncan. This can be concluded when Macbeth states, “I go, and it is done.
This part of the soliloquy shows us that he is committed into killing Duncan to become King. If he did not want to do it he would not have had such a detailed and realistic dream. In this quote he discovers that this dagger is a ‘dagger of the mind, a false creation’. He also said that it originated from the heat-oppressed brain’. This means that this thought came from a feverish and ill brain.
Macbeth’s flaw, is his power seeking, ambitious nature, and it leads to his and many other’s downfall. Macbeth’s ambition is what drives him to go through with the murder of Duncan, and later to murder Banquo, both of these murders ultimately lead to Macbeth’s death. Macbeth’s ambition, his desire to be king, was the reason that Duncan was murdered, “’Gainst nature still: Thriftless ambition, that wilt ravin up, thine own life’s means! Then ’tis most like that the sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth.” (Shakespeare Act II, Scene IV). Ross, here says that ambition is the reason Malcolm murdered Duncan, and that has as a result Macbeth will become king.
If thou canst nod, speak too./ If charnel houses and our graves must send/ Those that we bury back, our monuments/ Shall be the maws of kites.” (Shakespeare, Act 3 Scene 4 ). Macbeth’s breakdown can be explained well by J. Lyndon Shanley in this quote from Macbeth: The Tragedy of Evil: “No sooner does he gain what he wanted than he is beset by fears worse than those he overrode in murdering Duncan. His horror of murder is lost in the fear of discovery and revenge, and the fear of losing what he has sacrificed so much to gain.” (Shanley 1) Macbeth is responsible for countless more murders throughout the play, such as Lady Macduff and her son, as well as Young Siward. However, the crimes that Macbeth commits are not the only factor a play in his eventual downfall. How little Macbeth cares about his people and followers are another integral part in his fall from greatness.
Unlike the prophecies though, these visions don’t seem to goad Macbeth into taking a specific action. Instead, they remind of the horror of what he is about to do or what he has done. When Macbeth was heading to Duncan’s room to murder him, he saw “a dagger of the mind, a false creation” (2.1.53), which handle points him. The dagger move forward to the duncan’s room, and suddenly, “on thy blade and dudgeon, gouts of blood, which was not so before.” (2.1.53) Not even showing what he will going to do, the dagger helps Macbeth to ask himself what he is going to do and think about what will happen if he use the real dagger to kill Duncan; he torn between the temptation to be king and the potential guilt of the murder. Even though he became a king, he sees a illusion of the ghost of
He is seen by Banquo as becoming evil. Banquo fears that Macbeth’s prophecy has come true due to foul play; that he murdered Duncan to become king. He suspects that Macbeth’s actions have been taken over by self-interest. Macbeth is becoming eviler because he is being guided purely by his self-interest. These quotes show that man is not purely good or evil, but rather both, but we are guided by self-interest.
Unlike Lady Macbeth, Macbeth felt guilty before he murdered King Duncan. Macbeth begins to have second thoughts about whether he wants to go on and murder King Duncan. On his way to murder King Duncan, Macbeth has the vision of the bloody dagger leading the way. While he realizes what he is about to do, he says “Is this a dagger which i see before me, the handle toward my hand”(II, I, 40-41). Macbeth realized that he had to kill King Duncan, but when he sees the dagger, he is imagining what it would feel to actually carry out the plan.
In Act 3 of Macbeth, the previously emphasized themes of prophetic fate and ambition join together to form the new qualities of Macbeth, anxiousness and fear of the repercussions after killing Banquo to fulfill fate. The themes of fate and ambition combine to once again affect Macbeth’s decision making, leading to a fatal choice to kill his dear friend, Banquo, after speculation of Macbeth’s description and reasoning behind the anonymous murder of Duncan. Shakespeare’s inclusion of the visions Macbeth begins to perceive dictates the significance of the emotional trauma and turmoil occurring within Macbeth following the second murder his ambition to finalize fate has allowed. The prophecy of the witches, along with Macbeth’s ambition, strengthens Shakespeare’s syntax in Macbeth’s interactions with the supposed ghost of
In Act 2, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth chose to commit a sin, killing King Duncan, at his stay at Macbeth’s kingdom. Macbeth continuously thought of what he is destined to do, making his prophecy happen faster. “ Macbeth - The handle, toward my hand? Come, let me clutch yet I see thee still, art thou not, fatal vision, sensible to the feeling as to
This leads the audience to the forlorn conclusion that Macbeth has reached a level of madness that surpasses even the sociopathic desires of his wife. Macbeth’s delusion begins far before he kills Duncan. Right before he commits the murder he experiences a vivid hallucination of a dagger floating through the mist towards him, he then proceeds to state, “Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible to feeling as to sight? or art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation, proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain? I see thee yet, in form as palpable as this which now I draw.” (Shakespeare: Act 2-Scene 1).