Although they both go insane they differ in that MacBeth goes insane over his desire of being and what he does as King while Lady MacBeth goes mentally insane and how much she wants her husband to be king. MacBeth desire and greed to become king is what makes him go insane. With his wife telling him things about being king and becoming, it makes him think that he has do anything possible
Macbeth himself, is one of the reasons for the tragic events that occurs throughout Shakespeare 's play, Macbeth. Macbeth is known to be a dreadful hero with a troublesome flaw; his flaw, which is ambition, affects him to eventually make poor decisions guided by Lady Macbeth and the witches, and, he is manipulated to secrete his conscience which ultimately leads hims to a path of destruction and to his own death. For instance, when the witches come to tell him his three prophecies, he is Thane of Glamis, Thane of Cawdor and will be the king hereafter, his ambition leads him to think that to be king, he must murder Duncan. He says, “My thoughts, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smothered in surmise and nothing is, but what is not” (1.3.151-154). 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.
Shakespeare articulates the distressed tone through the use of contrasting diction in comparing Macbeth and Banquo. In this soliloquy, Macbeth realizes that the only prophecy left unfulfilled was Banquo’s: the proclamation that his sons would become kings. Shakespeare utilizes gallant, regal diction in Macbeth’s description of Banquo. Fearing Banquo’s “royalty of nature” and the fact that the witches “hailed him father to a line of kings”, Macbeth’s paranoia increases (3.1.52, 3.1.63). In contrast, Shakespeare’s diction in relation to Macbeth’s kingship has a worthless connotation.
This caused Okonkwo “even as a little boy [to resent] his father’s failure” (13). By wanting to represent the polar opposite of his father, Okonkwo’s drive to become the ideal man caused him to create his tragic flaw. Meanwhile Macbeth is a fearless warrior known for violence, much like Okonkwo. Macbeth’s tragedy came when he heard the witches prophecy. The witches told Macbeth that he would become “thane of Cawdor” (Shakespeare I.III.49) and praised to him “hail Macbeth, that shalt become king hereafter”
Shakespeare believes that ambition, when taken too far leads to our destruction as shown through Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a heroic soldier who fights for the king without mercy, but he has strikes for ambition, his curious nature and his wife’s ambition leads him to the witches who told him the prophecies. After the second prophecy has come true, Macbeth has become the thane of Cawdor. He has led to the growth of his ambition by his thought “whose horrid image doth unfix my hair and Ames my seated heart knock at my rib again the use of
Like RLS he uses his words to show the battle between good and evil. Macbeth struggles inside his mind between murder and waiting, after the witches prophesises. Lady Macbeth regrets the killing and struggles with the horror. Macbeth begins the play as a loyal soldier and reacts strongly to the predictions from the witches, he is in two minds what to do ‘if chance will have my king why chance may crown me’ this shows that he does not know whether to act on the prophesy or not. The people of the era believed in witchcraft in Shakespearian times.
Megan Weetman Professor Rommesser Composition 1 October 6th, 2016 Macbeth In the beginning, Macbeth withholds a strong sense of judgement and moral standard for himself and his behavior. He is ripe to the slightest suggestions to murder his liege and lord. The three witches plant the seeds and Lady Macbeth waters them, however, Macbeth takes it upon himself to harvest the ugliness. Macbeth allows these multiple aspects to come between him and his power for reasoning which results in his downfall. During Act I, Scene III, the third witch powerfully says “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” Macbeth is very superstitious towards all three witches in the play and believes that everything they say is gold and will become true.
He is “fated” to become king – this is known to the weird sisters, who also know that ambition is his hamartia. In this way, they orchestrate this “hurly - burly” and are keen on watching the catastrophe unfold before them. Considering the fact that these thoughts that “shake” the “single state” of Macbeth only take place after hearing the prophecies of the weird sisters, one can deduce that his own uninfluenced ambition would not have led him to such disastrous actions. Macbeth tries to console his “black and deep” desires by telling himself that “chance” will give him the crown, but the weird sisters awake such a murderous ambition within him that he cannot tame his own mind and consequently finds himself following a “dagger of the mind” to commit an action so grievous that the trustworthy soldier within him will never have enough peace to “sleep” again. The weird sisters play an important role in the play as the uninfluenced ambition of Macbeth would not have led to disastrous actions and this has been argued with reference to Macbeth as a
In the play Macbeth, by Shakespeare, a frightful prophecy is delivered to Macbeth and his comrade in arms Banqo, which threatens the future of Macbeth’s kingship. Three witches tell both that while Macbeth will become king, it is Banqo’s children who will ascend to the throne, not Macbeth’s. Macbeth fears not only this terrible prophecy but Banqo’s skillful ability to weather any storm unscathed. He also realizes the terrible decision to kill Duncan, which will not help him, but will help Banqo. Macbeth deeply regrets his murder of Duncan because he realizes that Banqos stratagem is so superior that he will have to make no sacrifices to ensure his son’s kingship, while Macbeth had to endure so much pain only to gain an unfruitful kingship.
She constantly challenges and manipulates her husband to feed her ever-growing ambition. After receiving a letter from Macbeth about the witches’ prophecy that he should be king, Lady Macbeth doubts him and laments that Macbeth is “too full o' th' milk of human kindness”. (Shakespeare 1.5.17) Generally, a woman at that time would have never questioned a man’s authority, but almost immediately after reading his letter Lady Macbeth does