Macbeth’s flaw, is his power seeking, ambitious nature, and it leads to his and many other’s downfall. Macbeth’s ambition is what drives him to go through with the murder of Duncan, and later to murder Banquo, both of these murders ultimately lead to Macbeth’s death. Macbeth’s ambition, his desire to be king, was the reason that Duncan was murdered, “’Gainst nature still: Thriftless ambition, that wilt ravin up, thine own life’s means! Then ’tis most like that the sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth.” (Shakespeare Act II, Scene IV). Ross, here says that ambition is the reason Malcolm murdered Duncan, and that has as a result Macbeth will become king.
This shows that even though he shows loyalty for others he does not receive it back. Polanski represents Banquo as a man with morals and one who would never turn their back on a friend or family member. Honor means having high respect for others. Throughout Polanski’s version of Macbeth Banquo demonstrates this as he highly respects King Duncan and would support him with all decisions that he makes. Loyalty means giving or showing firm and constant support to a person.
Throughout this sinister story, terror proved to be the most potent force in influencing the actions made by its characters. Macbeth, and all those defying his rule were driven by dread. Macbeth’s thirst for power was speedily overtaken by paranoia after murdering King Duncan, resulting in him having even his best friend murdered, not to mention Macduff’s wife and children. We know Macbeth killed his best friend from how he spoke of him in the following lines: “There is none but he/ Whose being
In doing so he shows his loyalty towards his ambitions. He does this based on the witches' prophecy that states that he will be future King of Scotland He ignores his conscience and mortal code. He allows for his ambitions to take control of him which leads him to killing Duncan. Another showing of his loyalty to his ambitions and himself was when he killed Banquo. Banquo was his closest friend and was with Macbeth when the witches had shown up and told him the prophesy of their
Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth” is about a man named Macbeth who is an ambitious person, will commit atrocious acts to achieve his desires. At the end of the play, Malcolm expresses Macbeth and lady Macbeth as “this dead butcher and his fiend like queen”. Lady Macbeth’s evil is restricted to the first murder, but on the other hand, Macbeth who starts off as a noble hero, goes from one ruthless killing to the next. Even though Macbeth has made immoral decisions, you still need to consider the fact that the audience has a clear understanding of both Macbeth and lady Macbeth’s conscience and guilt from the murders afterwards. Therefore, since they have conscience and experience guilt, it is difficult to say they deserved this epitaph.
Macbeth believes Banquo knows about the murder and becomes suspicious. He hires murderers to kill Banquo and his young son, Fleance, in order for his secret to be kept, which is an example of how loathsome he has become. Macbeth is willing to kill anyone he sees as a threat to him or his throne. He also hires murderers to kill Macduff’s family after he learns Macduff has fled to England in order to get help to overthrow him. Macbeth’s and Lady Macbeth’s mental health begins to suffer in the midst of the madness.
This part of the soliloquy shows us that he is committed into killing Duncan to become King. If he did not want to do it he would not have had such a detailed and realistic dream. In this quote he discovers that this dagger is a ‘dagger of the mind, a false creation’. He also said that it originated from the heat-oppressed brain’. This means that this thought came from a feverish and ill brain.
In Macbeth, the central protagonist, Macbeth, undergoes a drastic transformation from accomplished warrior to power hungry dictator with countless instances of bloodshed left in his wake ; Macbeth’s greed as well as the urges brought on by those around him lead Macbeth down a treacherous and destructive path to power. Macbeth’s journey to power begins with a urge to murder Duncan in order to become the kind of Scotland, Macbeth states, “Let not light see my black and deep desires.” (1.IV.58) Although Macbeth commits this murder himself and seeks it for personal gain, this murder would not have been committed without his wife exerting pressure on him to commit the crime. Macbeth is a character who is easily manipulated but also possesses an
So when Macduff goes to Malcolm and asks him to take his rightful place, Malcolm answers, “Boundless temperance in nature is a tyranny; it hath been Th’untimely emptying of the happy throne and the fall of many kings” (4.3. 67-69). Basically what he is saying is that he has a corrupted soul. However, this was a test to assert Macduff’s sincerity, to see if he is trustworthy. And later, he proves himself to be more than trustworthy when he pledges his allegiance to Malcolm and serves Macbeth’s head on a stake.