Although Banquo’s ghost is most likely Macbeth’s insanity, the possibility that the ghost is there simply to torture Macbeth, as he believes that “It will have blood, they say. Blood will have blood.” (III, iv, 128). Appearances versus reality does not just include faux visions, but people being fake externally as well. This can be seen by Lady Macbeth telling her husband to “Look like th ' innocent flower, But be the serpent under ’t.”, which means that she wants her husband to seem as if he is innocent, while preparing to murder Duncan (I, v, 56-58). With an abundance of fakery and illusions, Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s greatest examples of appearances versus
(I, iii, 143-144) When he says this he’s showing guilt over the immorality of his intentions. He thinks if he has the chance why should he pass it by, he wants to take advantage of his situation. He’s thinking that since the witches said it is possible it could happen, along with the their other prophecy of him becoming Thane of Cawdor coming true. Since the opportunity is now presenting itself to Macbeth he’s considering fulfilling the witches prophecies. Macbeth would have never considered killing the King if he never met the
The descriptive writing describing their doom is similar in meaning and rhyming but different in wording and subjects. As Macbeth is plotting to become king, the main obstacles in his way is King Duncan and Banquo. From here the language Macbeth uses is very peculiar, the way he decides to become king is to kill him and he describes it like this “… The bell invites me. / Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell / That summons thee to Heaven, or to Hell”(2.1 64-5). Comparing that to Banquo’s death Macbeth says “… Banquo, thy soul’s flight, / If it find Heaven, must find it out tonight”(3.1 141-142).
The Savagery Without Ethics; Power of Suggestion Human behavior is greatly influenced by a combination of personal morals and external occurrences. In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, the main character, Macbeth, is heavily influenced by external factors that when also paired with his own personal flaws ultimately lead to his corrupted mentality. The key external factors that ultimately led to Macbeth's mental deterioration are his wife; Lady Macbeth, the witch’s prophecies and his paranoia. Lady Macbeth is one of the factors that lead to his mental deterioration because she influences his immoral decisions that helped create his negative mental state. While Macbeth is contemplating why he shouldn’t kill the king, Lady Macbeth, pressures him
Their prediction that he would become king brings a change in his character. The audience can now see his desires as well as his ambition. At this point, Macbeth is still hesitant of revealing his true nature, but the audience gets a peek of what he yearns for. In addition, the witches’ predictions are known to be paradoxical, their predictions are never straightforward; they tend to have different interpretations. Macbeth kills King Duncan to obtain the power he was told he’d get.
There is a difference between those who are evil, and those who are just misunderstood. In the beginning of the play Macbeth by Shakespeare, Lady Macbeth appeared to be evil because she was asking the spirits to make her evil so she can murder King Duncan. In the end of the play she could not handle the guilt she felt, and she killed herself. Even though she she appears to be evil, she is just misunderstood. Although Lady Macbeth seemed evil and harsh at the beginning of the play, she gets taken over by her guilt in the end.
Macbeth faces an arduous decision of either murdering the king, so he can become the king or letting it happen naturally. The witches appear to Macbeth and say to him: “Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter” (Macbeth Act I Sc 3 li. 52-53). Macbeth is then informed that he will become king.
However, Shakespeare uses Macbeth emphasis the effects of misusing power, and how it changes Macbeth, one of many characters who change. The tragic play evidently exhibits hatred, especially towards Macbeth, which as further lead to corruption. Shakespeare displays the fall of many kings, such as the gory murder of King Duncan and the death of Macbeth however, the death
Free Will over Fate in Macbeth This theory is obvious in a scene, where Macbeth is consciously deciding to kill king Duncan. In Act 1, Scene 3 he states: - “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function, is smother’d in surmise, and nothing is, but what is not” (Macbeth 1.3.138-141). We observe his conscious unstable thought processes about contemplating and planning the murder of Duncan emerging shortly after hearing the prophecy, and before Lady Macbeth could hear the message and influence his decision. There also appears no evidence in the text, that the witches would force Macbeth or foretell him how to reach his destiny and become a king by murder, therefore we start to perceive Macbeth’s
The temptations that he now has (after he heard the prophecy of the three witches) are unusual and new to him. This is why he calls them, supernatural (this means ‘above the natural’, same as unnatural). This feeling is his body warning him against what his mind is thinking. Here shakespeare has drawn the attention to the comparison between the hart and the mind. In macbeth they also go against nature and act unnatural.
It is true that Lady Macbeth and the three witches were partially responsible for his downfall; however, Macbeth’s selfish desires are what cloud his thoughts in the first place. Macbeth’s life and destiny is really in his own hands. Though fate plays a significant part in the play shown from the witches prediction on Macbeth 's rise to Thane of Cawdor, it is his own wicked thoughts with the influence of Lady Macbeth that leads him to kill the king, and that decision is what ultimately lead to his downfall. Although the witches mention to Macbeth that it is his fate to take the throne, Macbeth is the one to make it occur. Thus, his fate was in his own hands, just like it is in everyone else’s as
Moreover, it is shown that Macbeth is not just a character that the witches try to control, but that he has enough choice to create his own path in life. Macbeth lets the witches’ prediction, that he “...shalt be king hereafter” (Shakespeare I.iii.53), influence the decisions he makes. Macbeth blindly listens to the witches’ prophecy without any proof, so he “... is not only a tyrant, but also his unselfconscious superstition causes him to be an incompetent one” (McGrail 32). Macbeth chooses to believe in the witches rather than dismissing their words like Banquo does. Therefore, it is this choice that leads him to his doomed fate.