Due to the concerns he is having, Macbeth is still sane because he thinks about it before committing the actions. While Macbeth is contemplating whether or not to kill Duncan, he thinks about the consequence that will come afterward by stating: “his [Duncan’s] virtues / Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against / The deep damnation of his taking-off” (1.7.18-20). This simile compares the the begging of his goodness to the angels’ compelling speech against all the wrongs that have been done to him. Even though Macbeth eventually is going to kill Duncan, he admits that Duncan is a virtuous king. In his head, he is rationalizing Duncan’s death by stating that Duncan’s good deeds will compensate bloody way of dying.
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, easily controlled by his ambitions, loses his noble and heroic title in fear of losing his power. Unlike Macbeth, Banquo, from the beginning of this encounter, continues to doubt the witches, “I’th’name of truth are ye fantastical, or that indeed which outwardly ye show?” (1.3.51-52) Banquo didn’t believe what the witches were saying, he questions their intentions and accuses them of raising Macbeth’s hope. Throughout this whole encounter, Banquo continues to protect Macbeth while staying loyal. He never once acted on his prophecies, he simply disregarded what the witches were saying and remained the noble man he is. Even to his death, Banquo has not once acted without honour and
The diction in the quote, along with the rhyme at the end helps the reader associate Macbeth with dark and unnatural characteristics. The relationship Shakespeare creates between the words “knell” and “bell” is interesting, as they are both words associated with death and afterlife; a clear indicator of Macbeth’s deadly intentions. Also, the killing of Duncan by Macbeth can be viewed from an ironic standpoint. At the beginning of the play Duncan cannot stop praising Macbeth while condemning the thane of Cawdor who betrayed him. The murder of Duncan stands in complete opposition to what the other characters know of Macbeth, but as the play ultimately shows, Macbeth’s actions do speak louder than his words.
what not put upon/ His spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt/ Of our great quell?” Alongside her efforts to persuade Macbeth to do the deed she explains to him as to why the plan will not fail. This, in addition to the help of the witches, is a turning point in the play where Macbeth allows Lady Macbeth’s cunning mind and negligent advice to intercept his knowledge on what is right and what is wrong. Although, in turn, Lady Macbeth should be more cognizant towards her husband, as a potential king and strong leader, Macbeth should be able to uphold strength behind his own beliefs and should evaluate each situation for himself. Instead, he jumps at the first opinion of someone who does not have his best interest at
These contrasting ideas sit uneasily with the reader and Shakespeare uses his speech to give an uncomfortable first impression of the king. This is a crucial aspect that Shakespeare included to make the audience gain their own perception of the king. By this undefined nature of the king the reader is left unsure about how the king truly feels about Hamlet. It allows room for predictions and foreshadowing of how the king will treat Hamlet as the play
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. The final prophecy is the one that is leading to the time and place of Macduff, before being murdered by Macduff, Macbeth confesses that he let the witches manipulate him by saying, “accursed be that tongue that tells me so”. We now know that Macbeth realizes that he has no free will until the time of his death. The prophecies answer all the questions about Macbeth’s free will, he will only be free, when
Here Macbeth realises that what the witches have told him are still a fantasy, yet he starts to think about murdering the king to become king himself. Macbeth even admits that his actions are restrained by his thoughts and speculations; that the only things that matter to him are things that do not really exist. Being king is what matters to him the most at the moment, but it is yet to be a reality as he thinks he must kill the king for him to claim his crown. At this point, Macbeth has a selfish aspiration and he starts to show his corrupted nature. The witches never mention murder, yet Macbeth jumps to that conclusion.
In William Shakespeare's play, Macbeth and Hernando Tellez’s short story, Just Lather, That’s All, Macbeth and the Barber show whether self satisfaction is attainable if one follows their morals. Macbeth and the Barber demonstrate how one should not have the need to question their morals, especially when the victims are in a vulnerable and defenseless position. In Shakespeare’s play, after Macbeth discovers his prophecies, he begins to plot how he can overthrow King Duncan by killing him and becoming the King himself. This is evident when Duncan says, “This castle hath a pleasant seat. The air/ Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself/ Unto our gentle senses.” (Shakespeare 1.6.1-3).
During the course of the play, Macbeth goal is to fulfill only the prophecies that are beneficial to him and him only. His thirst for power allowed his character flaw to show, for he was consumed with hubris. While he is thinking about his plan to kill Duncan, Macbeth has all of these reasons not to kill Duncan, but his ambition is so strong, Macbeth cannot deny his urge to murder. “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition” (I, vii, 25-27). He also says that, by eliminating Duncan, he would only be teaching his subjects that a rise to power is possible through violence, and karma would come back to bite him.