Before he makes his way home, Macbeth sends a letter to Lady Macbeth stating the happenings with the witches and the message of the king for him; after the witches tell Macbeth of his fate, they vanish into thin air and the messenger of the king comes with the news, confirming the prophecy concerning being the Thane of Cawdor. Lady Macbeth is aware that the path to power is through bloodshed, which she approves and encourages Macbeth to accomplish while they receive King Duncan as a guest in their house. In a scene where Macbeth and Lady Macbeth talk on how they should approach the situation, Macbeth says that he cannot follow through with this scheme for it is against the law of honor to murder a king who has done a country nothing but good and is acting as an honored guest. Lady Macbeth then replies “was the hope drunk Wherein you dressed yourself? Hath it slept since?
Sadly, this title was not enough for him so Macbeth’s imagination had the “witches” prophecy be that Macbeth would become the Thane of Cawdor (which he already knew) and a king. The prophecy was an escape route for the little bit of good that he had within him so that the murder of King Duncan would be justifiable because the witches said that he would. All of these sick and demented thoughts drove Macbeth to kill all of those people but there is also another layer on the downfall of
Macbeth would have never went through with killing King Duncan if Lady Macbeth had never persuaded him because he really does have a soft heart and is good and honorable. The reason Macbeth decides to carry out the plan is because everything that Lady Macbeth talked about to him makes sense to him and he fully agrees with Lady Macbeth’s argument and the points that she states as well. Because he fully agrees with her, he begins to believe that not proceeding with the plan is the coward’s way out and in order to prevent him from being known as a coward and
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.
When Macbeth becomes hesitant about killing Duncan, she questions his manhood: “What beast was’t then, that made you break this enterprise to me? When you durst do it, then you were a man; And to be more than what you were, you would be so much more than the man” (Shakespeare, I.vii.53-58). Lady Macbeth tries to convince Macbeth to go through with the plan by first flattering him and then questioning his manhood. She talks about how if Macbeth does not kill Duncan, he is a coward, and therefore not a man. His initial feeling of joy is eliminated and replaced with insecurity.
Macbeth went to drastic measures to to kill king duncan “act 2 scene 2” after had done this Macbeth didn’t feel any sign of completion or relief it is something that haunted him. e.g. Macbeth later on see’s the bloody dagger levitating the Dagger pointing towards the chambers. Paragraph 2: In the start of the play Macbeth is soldier who loyally fight for the king. After winning the battle Macbeth’s bravery stood out among other soldier as his success and bravery he was promoted.
This connected to the thesis because here Macbeth didn’t know about his fate before the war. So all he know is protecting the kingdom from invader and rebel, he only know how to do his job as a general. He didn’t thought of killing other to get promoted or rewarded by the king. And because of the prophecies, he did something he can’t ever return from. In Act 2, Macbeth kill king Duncan for the throne.
Macbeth is led to wicked thoughts by the prophecies of three witches, especially after their prophecy that he will be made thane of Cawdor comes true and thereafter becoming the King of Scotland. Macbeth was a brave soldier and a powerful man, but he is not righteous. Macbeth was a respectful man until his ambition to become
Macbeth recognizes that this means the prophecy cannot come true despite the Thane of Cawdor prediction becoming a reality. This displeases him greatly despite the fact that the king has bestowed upon him a great honor. He feels that because the witches said it that it must be true no matter what the consequences in the future are. This is a leading factor that causes Macbeth to decide to murder King Duncan. Macbeth consciously makes the decision to commit treason and knows that it will have consequences.
After meeting with the witches and hearing his prophecy, Macbeth starts to think about what it would be like to be king of Scotland. He decides to write to his wife, Lady Macbeth, who holds this dark ambition inside of her. She tells Macbeth that he is a coward and that he must do whatever it takes to become king of Scotland. This dark ambition is first shown in act one scene four when Macbeth says, “This is a step on which I must fall down... which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.” Lady Macbeth plays an enormous part in Macbeth’s mental corruption. After murdering Duncan,