Unchecked ambition is known for disastrous results. When power becomes too much to handle, we often forget that we have the option to step back and think about our choices. This idea is strongly represented throughout the play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare. The audience can clearly see the measurable difference in character that Macbeth has underwent because of his unchecked ambition. For example, near the beginning of the play in Act Ⅰ, Macbeth ,although making some uneasy decisions, still keeps his conscience in sight.
Bound by Fate, Pained by Free Will For centuries, many people have debated and grappled with the idea of fate versus free will. Is a person’s life controlled by fate or is a person entirely responsible for their actions and subsequent consequences? American Professor Randy Pausch describes the relationship between fate and free will well when he writes, “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the game”. In the tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, it appears as though Macbeth’s fate is predetermined from the beginning, however, it is his actions that determine how he reaches his destiny.
“Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many”. This quote was written by a Roman poet, named Phaedrus around 370 BCE, long before Shakespeare’s time. Thousands of years later, Shakespeare incorporates many deceiving motifs in Macbeth that put the words of Phaedrus into action. The use of ill-fitting clothes, sleep, and bloodshed is all examples of imagery used to illustrate that not everything that looks genuine is so. Just as clothes appear to fit well, they can be very uncomfortable at the same time.
At the beginning of the play Macbeth is portrayed as a good, brave knight who is loyal to his king. However, upon hearing the prophecies of the witches, a dark, ambitious nature awakens within him – one that proves to be fatal. In Act I Scene iii, Macbeth says, “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion […] and make my sealed heart knock at my ribs” – implying that though at first he is horrified at the notion of murdering Duncan, it is an idea that he is willing to consider. Before he sends news of the recent events to his wife, Macbeth commands the stars to “hide [their] fires” so that no one can see his “black and deep” desires. (Act I, scene iv).
The Illusion of a Perfect Hero Actor Anson Mount once made an insightful observation, “all of us have a hero and a villain in us.” This is something that has been confirmed over time, across cultures, and is also corroborated in famous literary works such as Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf and William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Key characters in these epics often rose to the occasion and made a positive impact on the society with their exceptional bravery, selflessness and moral courage. There were also instances where the same characters didn’t exercise the best judgment. Although Beowulf had many more heroic moments than Macbeth and Macduff, each of them had their virtues and flaws that surfaced at different times and under different circumstances,
In my opinion, blood symbolize a contradiction in the play. Shakespeare presented it by depicting how the entanglement in Macbeth’ mind when he killed people and how the honor he got because of his slaughter, his pst and his outcome. In Act 1, scene 2. Macbeth was evaluated by the Captain ‘For brave Macbeth.
The soliloquy before the murder of Duncan in the Shakespearean play Macbeth allows the readers to begin to understand the effects Macbeth’s guilt has on his unstable state of mind and how it would lead to descending rationality, visions, and ultimately, his destruction. The illusion of the dagger manifests into a metaphor of Macbeth’s guilt, portraying his obsessiveness with the morality of the murder as it became the sole focus of the soliloquy, haunting him throughout it. “On [the] blade and its’ [handle] [there were] spots of blood” which symbolised the murder he had yet to commit (58). This proves how effective and deep his guilt lies as he already feels shame for an act he has not yet committed, and this guilt led him to conjure up a hallucination
In act four of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" Macbeth murders most of a noble man's family out of impulse and paranoia. He suspected said nobleman of plotting against him, and much like the murder of his friend Banquo, he killed him before he got the chance. But this murder is not like the ones before it, this one is much more sinister. The man Macbeth suspected, Maduff, was suspect because he refused to show up to any events that Macbeth attended, and when Macbeth went to ask the witches they warned him Macduff was to be cautioned. This time Macbeth decides right away that Macduff must go.
William Shakespeare was a very famous playwright who was born in the 15th century. He wrote many comedies such as a comedy of errors, xyz, his other famous plays were tragedies including Othello, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet. Macbeth is a play based on a true story and has helped Shakespeare tell his audience in an effective way how one tiny flaw in your behavior can be fatal. Macbeth 's soliloquy in Act 2 scene 1 describes his thoughts before he murders King Duncan. The extract serves as an important element in the play as it shows Macbeth 's feelings of hesitation before he commits the horrendous crime and how that doubt is resolved.
Macbeth exhibits anagnorisis while reconciling over both his murders. After killing King Duncan, Macbeth expresses his inner thoughts while Lady Macbeth hides the dagger when he says, (2.2.74-80). Evidently, Macbeth understands that what he has done as a wrong doing and expresses that no amount of cleaning will rid him of the blood on his hands because of what he has become, a murderer. But, despite this newfound moral compass, Macbeth truly believes that the crown belongs to him and only him and is worth risking everything worth. Due to his understanding that he won’t be able to move past his own image of himself as a killer and want for royalty, he reasons that, (3.4.160-171).