Shakespeare engineered a most impressionable character in Macbeth who easily succumbs to the extensive magnitude of opposing constraints. This character is Macbeth, who is the protagonist in the play and husband to a conniving wife, who in the end is the sole cause for Macbeth 's undoing. Conflicting forces in the play compel internal conflicts within Macbeth to thrive on his contentment and sanity as he his torn asunder between devotion, aspiration, morality and his very own being. He has developed a great sense of loyalty from being a brave soldier; however, his ambition soon challenges this allegiance. As his sincerity begins to deteriorate, his own sanity starts to disintegrate until the point where he cannot differentiate between reality
Despite committing a number of abhorrent crimes, Macbeth’s morality is definitively ambiguous, or “grey,” “because he is so acutely aware of the horror of his crimes” (Charney). Even before his transgressions take place, Macbeth is aware of the “physiological and psychological” consequences the murder will have on him, “forsee[ing] the effects” of his wrongdoings with rightfully placed apprehension (Charney). This sorrowful character is not the one first introduced to the audience, as Macbeth is depicted as an exalted hero in Duncan’s army; however, though his visage morphs into one of a tyrant. During his metamorphosis into seemingly amoral ruler, Macbeth does not take pleasure in the carnage he inspires, contributing to the adversity faced through his remorse. Conversely, Macduff, who may be considered the protagonist by some, is not presented as wholly virtuous.
The next day when Macduff finds Duncan's body, Macbeth kills the guards and confesses to it so it will seem as he killed them because he was mad at them for killing the king. Macbeth then kills Banquo in fear that he will become king one day because the witches had said he would. Because Macduff found the king dead Macbeth killed his family when he leaves to England. That same day Macbeth finds out his wife Lady Macbeth committed suicide because she couldn’t get the idea of killing the king out of her head. “Out, damned spot!
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.
He starts killing anyone he suspects will betray him, including his best friend, Banquo, and Banquo’s son, Fleance. However, Fleance escapes. The king’s sons flee to England and Ireland. Macbeth soon visits the three witches again and makes them to show him the truth of prophecies. To answer his questions they conjure up ghosts, each one tells a prediction or a further prophesy.
Shakespeare has represented the downfall of a once great man, however, Macbeth maintains redeeming qualities in order to engage the audience and evoke sympathy. This is reflected in Act 5 when Macbeth refuses to fight MacDuff, saying ‘My soul is much too charged with blood of thine already’. His courageous refusal to spill anymore blood of MacDuff’s family enables the audience to sympathise with Macbeth, and the use of emotive language thereby invokes a sense of devastation when he eventually reaches his death. Evidently, Macbeth’s actions were pivotal in the preceding
Macbeth has Macduff's wife and son murdered. He feels like can’t no opposition stay alive. His guilt faded away quickly he has changed so much over the time period. This was not the person that he was once before, power and greed took him over for the worst. Eventually, all that caught up with him after they were planning to attack Macbeth.
After Macbeth finds out that he should not fear anyone, he has murderers go and kill Macduff's wife and children, which leads to his final stand. " Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother's womb/ Untimely ripped"(V.viii.15-16). Macduff states that he was not born of a woman, but ripped from his mother at birth. "Yet I will try the last.
Macduff eventually kills Macbeth because he believes that he unjustly killed the kings and his family. Lady Macbeth is under so much guilt that she throws herself off the balcony and commits suicide. Killing seem as though it is not the way to go, it causes many problems that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth decided to endure after killing. After killing, guilt follows you like a shadow, following you every move, never
Lady Macbeth puts on a fierce and intimidating front but proves incapable of the egregious act of murder. Macbeth, however, actually commits murder and determines to do any vile deed to fight for the crown. He holds this disposition even until the point of death, unlike Lady Macbeth who dies repentant. Macbeth’s murderous actions and attitude prior to death ultimately demonstrate that he is the worse villain of the
Showing grief can be a hard thing to do for some people. Macduff shows his emotions really well when he finds out his family is gone. Thought the play there are several places that Macbeth gets a chance to show his emotions but the most important is when his wife dies. In my opinion macduff is better at showing his emotions. Meanwhile Macbeth acts like he just doesn 't care.
A story of tragedy is not uncommon with William Shakespeare and his works of prose. In his plays, death and despair is more likely than honor and prosperity. This is an included facet to Macbeth as well, having sinister themes of greed, manipulation, and brutality. Macbeth, by the infamous playwright, Shakespeare, presents us with multiple aspects factoring into whether the main character controls his actions that lead to the tragic events.
He hallucinates Banquo in the chair he was going to sit on. Macbeth starts to act crazy and Lady Macbeth tries to tell the other men in the room how he is acting is normal. After the dinner Macbeth hears that Macduff went to England to reunite with Malcolm, Duncan 's son, to try for him to own the throne. Macbeth decides to take action and send some men to murder Macduff 's family. When Macduff comes back he finds out of his family 's death and joins Malcolm and his army to defeat Macbeth.
Perhaps even more gruesome and revolting is when Macbeth becomes furious with Macduff’s treason and says, “I’ll put a sword to his wife, children and all unfortunate souls who might follow him.” Macbeth is so delusional to keep his power that he is willing to kill an innocent family to preserve his throne. Macbeth ends up killing Macduff’s entire family, and this leads to Macduff vowing to get vengeance against Macbeth for his cowardly actions. This shows the impact that power had on Macbeth, and the fear of Macbeth that changed peoples’ lives
Each incident furthered his inability to process the fault in his doings; this eventually ended with his lack of emotion when presented with his wife’s suicide stating that “she should have died here hereafter”(V,v,17). He no longer felt fear, as he believed to be virtually invincible because “[...] for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth” (IV,i,79-81), not accounting for Macduff to be “[...] from his mother’s womb untimely ripp’d” (V,viii,15-16). This section of the prophecy created a false sense of security in Macbeth. Although, as in all Shakespearean tragedies, there is a glimpse of what the protagonist once was before they meet their demise.