Flawlessly Tragic How far would one go to attain certain, desired, goals? In 11th century Scotland, people went as far as murder to become king, and the prophecy from 3 witches lead Macbeth to do the same, but he didn't stop there. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, Shakespeare uses the tragic flaw of betrayal to suggest how Macbeth’s distrust of others lead to his betrayal of friends and his eventual downfall. Macbeth betrayed King Duncan to follow his prophecy of becoming king, and distrust began to grew between him and other characters in the tragedy. At the beginning of Act 3, Banquo has a soliloquy that starts with “Thou hast it now-King, Glamis, Cawdor, all as the weird women promised, and I fear thou hast played’st most foully for’t” (Shakespeare 3.1.1-3).
Equivocation is a weapon that grants significant power over a situation to its caster by enabling them to reveal the true intentions of the victim and manipulate their action with the results depending on the intent of the equivocator. In the beginning of the play, the witches set forth the tragic actions to follow by using equivocation on Macbeth. These wicked beings manage to accomplish tempting Macbeth, drawing out his desire for kingship, engineering the death of Duncan. Firstly, the author shows this through Banquo’s caution to Macbeth for considering the plausibility of the Witches’ equivocal prophecies using tropology and rhetoric. Sensing Macbeth’s growing obsession with the prophecies, he compares the witches to “instruments of darkness [who] tell us truths/ Win us with
Blind Ambition and Greed The play “Macbeth”, by William Shakespeare illustrates many themes through the characters from the beginning to the end of the story. But the main central theme introduced is Ambition and Greed. As the play goes on we read how Macbeth permits his Ambition and Greed to dictate the outcomes and tragedy’s that occur to himself and others. The main examples of Ambition and Greed is seen through Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff. Ambition and Greed is first introduced in the beginning of “Macbeth” when Macbeth and Banquo are greeted with three witches.
This becomes ultimately true as he loses his fight with Macduff. The prophecy yet tricks Macbeth as in the beginning it seems all fair and square to him yet it is deceiving. This is ironic in the sense that Macbeth was a deceitful to King Duncan before he murdered him. The same sort of influence came around to him which caused him his life at the end. Shakespeare focuses the three witches to make the reader get greater sense of deception which is the main theme of this
Internally, there were conflicts between his personality and his ambition. Externally, the witches and Lady Macbeth led to his contemplation of murdering Duncan. An internal conflict that raged within Macbeth occurred after he murdered Duncan. He was so distorted and guilty-stricken that he began to hear voices and felt he could not be forgiven. For example, before Macbeth kills Duncan he feels scared but after killing the king he feels guilty.
There is a saying that says: “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” But in the case of Macbeth, this does not apply. The worst enemy of Macbeth was in fact, himself. A great example of this is when he kills the noble King Duncan. But instead of sticking to the plan made by Lady Macbeth and Macbeth, he kills the guards out of fear that they would find out about him. In act two of scene three says,”Oh yet I do repent me of my fury/ that I did kill them”(Shakespeare Macbeth’s , Act II, Scene III).
In the play Macbeth, the Witches play a bigger role than one might expect. The Witches are temptations of evil and with the Witches’ mischief prey upon Macbeth’s ambition like puppeteers. The Witches give Macbeth numerous prophecies that are told to provoke Macbeth towards his doom. The prophecies give Macbeth thoughts of treason against the King, tells Macbeth to secure the kingdom from Banquo’s descendants, and give Macbeth the false courage that leads him to think he was invincible. If the Witches’ prophecies did not guide Macbeth, his life would not have led to tragedy.
Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth has numerous murders. During the play, Macbeth had been pressured from people who he socialized with to kill others. Being held accountable for these murders, Macbeth has been misled to kill other characters he once socialize with. In the play, Macbeth should be considered innocent for the actions he has done. There are multiple reasons to encounter with the blame for his actions for example: Lady Macbeth, she has questioned his manliness if he didn’t kill King Duncan and she manipulated him in so many ways, The three witches, the predictions they told Macbeth made him start having thoughts of killing the king and taking over the throne, and lastly, he starts to struggle with his mindset because he starts to question his loyalty towards King Duncan.
In William Shakespeare story, the Tragic story of Macbeth, the author creates a sense of havoc and dread through his uses of characters struggle, paradox, and fate, this creates a sense of tragedy in the story, so that reader can understand the story. To begin with there is a understanding that this story will have a tragic plot either from the end of the story or middle. When there is a tragic in the story there must be details of develops traits in a character, especially the characters struggles in the story. A great example of a character struggles is the main character in the story Macbeth, he was once a noble men who serve his king and his country. However, that all changes once the three witches presented Macbeth future.
After Macbeth slaughters King Duncan, he is named king himself and starts to get paranoid about people finding out the truth. Banquo suspects Macbeth of cheating to become king and reminds Macbeth that his own son’s will become king someday when he says, “Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, as the weird women promised, and I fear thou played’st most foully for ’t. Yet it was said it should not stand in thy posterity, But that myself should be the root and father of many kings” (Mac.3.1.1-6). Directly after that conversation, Macbeth hires murderers to kill Banquo. This is another murder that Macbeth never would have done if the witches were not to give Macbeth his