I think that William Shakespeare is showing us that Macbeth has been tied to a prophecy and it is now time for them all to be fulfilled. In the beginning, we are told about Macbeth become “king hereafter”, we know that he does become king when he murders king Duncan and says that the “deed is done”. This shows how Macbeth’s mind became a well of damage when he begins hallucinating and saying, “Is this a dagger which I see before me”. I believe that these thoughts are what lead him to kill Duncan, and they act as images that the witches would supernaturally place into Macbeth’s mind. Macbeth did help us test whether or not we could truly trust the witches’ predictions sending out murderers to murder Banquo and his son Fleance, the witches show that they will not release their grip on Macbeth when one of the murderers says “Fleance, is ‘scaped.”This event lets us know that Macbeth cannot impact any outside factors because the witches have already determined the future, by ensuring that Fleance is still an available heir.
Late one day Macbeth and Banquo, the other thane, met with three witches who said, “Macbeth is the thane of the Cawdor, Macbeth will be the King of Scotland, and Banquo’s children will be kings” (Act 1 Scene 3 Lines 50-70). Macbeth had questions, but the witches disappeared before he could ask them. Soon, Ross arrives with a message for Macbeth. He explained to Macbeth that the King is so grateful that he won two battles and is giving Macbeth a new title honoring his loyalty towards the King. He congrats Macbeth and said his new title is “Thane of Cawdor.” Macbeth writes to his wife, and explains what he was told by the
At this point, Macbeth nearly entirely trusts the witch’s prophecies. This further deepens Macbeth’s ambition to become king and creates uncertainty in him. After learning that king Duncan has made Malcolm the Prince of Cumberland and heir to his throne, Macbeth thinks to himself "Stars, hide your fires; / Let not light see my black and deep desires. / The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be / Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see" (1.4.57-60). This further shows Macbeth’s greed and intent to become king has grown.
Macbeth became a favorite to Duncan and wanted to please him. After his encounter with the witches, though his thoughts began to change. After hearing “All hail, Macbeth,/ thou shalt be king hereafter!,” (1.3.50) from the witches, he is ready for his prophecies to become true. When Duncan announces that Macbeth is now the Thane of Cawdor, Banquo attempts to warn him to not over analyze the witches’ prophecy. He tries to tell them that they are trying to trick him by only telling him little parts of the truth.
Macbeth is hearing voices inside his head saying, “Macbeth does murder sleep”. He cannot actually kill sleep. In this personification, sleep is given a human-like quality. Because of his guiltiness, Macbeth is paranoid and the lunacy is invading his mind in every aspect. When Macbeth orders Macduff’s family to be killed, he declares, “From this moment / The very firstlings of my heart shall be / The firstlings of my hand” (4.1.166-168).
The witches in the first act told Macbeth his “future” and you can appreciate it in the following quote “All hail, Macbeth Hail to thee, thane of Glamis! All hail, Macbeth Hail to thee, thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth Hail to thee, thou shall be King hereafter!" (1.3.49). The witches, in act I called Macbeth Thane of Glamis and Thane of Cawdor.
But it could still be that ‘rebel’s whore’ (fate) would still get him in the end. The three weird sisters reveal prophecies to macbeth which seem to end up happening in the end. At first it seems that Macbeth fate is coming true, however it is Macbeth 's free will that make all the prophecies come true? In (act 1, scene 3, line 49 - 51) the three weird sisters set up Macbeth’s fate by announcing prophecies. THIRD WITCH: ‘All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!’ This scene is the seen that Macbeth gets the idea of fate in his head and sets the the chain of events in motion, if he had not gotten this idea or had not heard the prophecy the prophecy would not be fulfilled.
In a soliloquy he has before killing Duncan, Macbeth hallucinates a floating dagger in front of him, ultimately hinting to the reader that he is mentally unstable as he ponders for the last time whether killing Duncan is the right move. In another speech found later in the play, now as King, Macbeth becomes extremely ruthless, to the point that his wife’s death doesn’t even phase him. Going from a brave hero-like general, to a disturbed and ruthless King, Macbeth’s overall character drastically changes throughout the play.
Macbeth starts Act 1 Scene 1 with the presence of three witches. Introducing these characters at the start of the play informs the reader that the supernatural will play an influential role throughout. In Act 1 Scene 3, Macbeth and Banquo are returning to Duncan from battle, when they come across the three witches. It is important to note that Macbeth and Banquo killed Macdonwald, a traitor of Duncan. Prior to being slain, Macdonwald was the Thane of Cawdor.
The Contemporary Connections Between Macbeth and Today William Shakespeare 's Macbeth is a play that portrays a tragic event and that has many contemporary influences. Despite the fact that this play is from the past, the materials discussed throughout the play display various themes that are still very relevant to this day. This tragedy tells a tale of a heroic soldier that seeks into a prophecy composed by a group of witches. The prophecy foreshadows a heroic soldier becoming king of Scotland. Macbeth, in which is the brave soldier soon eagerly decides to follow the prophecy in which he becomes king.