Throughout the story of Macbeth, Macbeth’s ambition for power, provoked by his significant other, Lady Macbeth, and the witches’ prophecies consumed his life. At first he committed murder against King Duncan so he could become king himself, but the one murder had a domino affect. Although ambition can be a positive attribute for someone to acquire, Macbeth’s ambition began in Act One and proved dangerous as his death approached in Act Five. In Act One of Macbeth, Macbeth and Banquo meet three witches that tell them three prophecies. One at a time, each witch mentioned a prophecy, “All hail Macbeth, Thane of Glamis!
After Lady Macbeth’s reaction to Macbeth’s letter he wrote to her about the prophecies, readers started to understand what kind of character Lady Macbeth was. Of course with her being the plotting character in the crime scene, it is obvious she is the more evil character. Never once did she question herself to not go along with the plan, unlike Macbeth. After Macbeth had committed the murder, he brought her the dagger in which he used to murder King Duncan. Her response was, “Why did you bring these daggers from the place?
Ambition can be used for good or evil. At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth uses her ambition for cruelty and wants to gain power. Lady Macbeth shows her cruelty by saying, “Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe topful of direst cruelty!” (1.5.38--41). What she means by this is that if Macbeth is too scared and cowardly to kill Duncan then she wishes that she was not a woman so that she could do it herself. She persuades her husband into killing Duncan by saying, “screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we’ll not fail” (1.7.60--61).
It is human nature to want power, to be at the top of the pyramid, to be king/queen, but that comes at a price as shown in Macbeth. In the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth will do anything to have absolute power and nothing stands in their way. From killing to going completely mad, they will become the next king and queen at all costs. The ambition and the want for power is so high that they kill many, they do whatever they can to be one step closer, and they go completely insane, all because they want that absolute power. Although killing is illegal, Macbeth sees no harm at all to killing King Duncan because he said that his son will be next in line for king.
In the play of Macbeth, there are some characters that could be responsible for Duncan’s death. I personally think Lady Macbeth is the cause of Duncan's murder. She is the most ambitious to kill the king in the beginning of the play, pressuring Macbeth. Lady Macbeth was persuasive of driving Macbeth to commit the murder. She manipulates him to go through with the murder even though he was very doubtful about it.
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Macbeth reflects great strength but within he has his own weakness and thus good over took evil resulting in its downfall and finally his own death. His wife, Lady Macbeth, was the most influential person as far as Macbeth was concerned and any decision of his would have trademark of his wife, Lady Macbeth. The greed of Macbeth for more power led him to commit monstrous acts however
After hearing from the prophecy from the Weird Sisters, Macbeth realizes his potential to become king of Scotland. His ambition and wife drive him to take action and kill King Duncan. “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself and falls on the other— (1.7.25-28)” Although Macbeth handled the murdered the of King Duncan very well, he did leave some holes in which people could figure out that he did kill Macbeth. For example he kills the guards which causes Macduff and the other
We have to admit that in our minds, the concept of power and ambition is linked to men. In the world of politics, the war over power often occurs between men, this world is a masculine world. A world that from beginning of the history linked men with war, fight, bloodshed and greatness, but women with softness, weakness and incapability; especially in the old times of Shakespeare. In spite of this, Shakespeare introduces us to an interesting female character called “Lady Macbeth”. A powerful woman with ambition and courage.
Creon is the rightful heir to the throne; Macbeth, on the other hand, must undertake a series of murders to secure the position of king, especially after the witches' prophecies fulfill. First, he kills the present King Duncan and the witnessing servants; then, he kills Banquo, who is expressing suspicion, and tries to kill Banquo's son-- Fleance, who may inherit Duncan's throne. The murders in this situation are Macbeth’s fatal flaws, guilt is spinning around
Macbeth’s rough journey towards taking over the throne cuts through many hard objectives. The first objective, which is a sign for further objectives, is the murder of the former king, Duncan. The beginning of the plan to kill Duncan starts with the old witches prophesying that Macbeth will take over the throne. Macbeth wants to follow this prophecy due to his true ambitions. However, the prophecy is followed only because his wife, Lady Macbeth leads Macbeth through this decision.
Finally, the vision of a bloody dagger that appeared right before the murder encouraged Macbeth to kill King Duncan. Firstly, the witches’ revelations prompted Macbeth to murder his loyal companions. When the three witches spoke of Macbeth becoming king, it sparked the idea that this could be a realistic goal. On page 13, Act I, scene iii, Third Witch created insight, "All hail, Macbeth, who will soon be King." After sharing
Macbeth’s state of mind is now centered on possible ways to become king. Macbeth is willing to do anything to gain power. (This is the point) Macbeth begins to slowly transform into a conscienceless man. Being Duncan’s kinsmen, he’s duty is to protect his king from all kinds of danger but instead Macbeths desire for power increases and starts planning the murder of Duncan. Lady Macbeth is a very persuasive and controlling person.
Macbeth’s thoughts with his deep desires dismay him and he fails to share them openly so he sends a letter to Lady Macbeth clarifying the situation he is in. When Lady Macbeth receives the letter, she encourages murder as she sees that this is the only chance to accomplish their ambition. Lady Macbeth says, “I have given suck, and know how tender ‘tis to love the babe that milks me: I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck’d my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash’d the brains out, Had I sworn as you Have done this” (1.7.59-64). Macbeth allows his wife, Lady Macbeth, to manipulate him by condemning him of not being ‘man’ enough and states that she will kill her own baby for the sake of having their desire fulfilled. Lady Macbeth also uses the power of her words to convince Macbeth to kill the king by also giving Macbeth a boost of confidence.
Lady Macbeth also wanted power along with her husband.“Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature; It is too full o ' th ' milk of human kindness to catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great, art not without ambition, but without the illness should attend it” 1.5(15-20). As a loving husband to a greedy wife, Macbeth’s eagerness of having the throne grew. Ducane has been killed and his son Malcolm and Donalbain fled to England.