Though shortly before his promotion the weird sisters do prophecies to him that he will become Thane and later King. So Macbeths belief in the sisters has already begun and this where the rest of the play begins to go in motion. Macbeth invites King Duncan to his castle with no real intent to murder, though one character had other plans. Macbeth’s wife, Lady Macbeth, desperately wanted to become queen and knew exactly how to do it. At first Macbeth was firm on his stance of not wanting to kill Duncan, though after several comments on his manhood Lady Macbeth, the spur to prick the sides of my intent, had convinced her husband.
After becoming Thane of Cawdor Macbeth immediately believes in the prophecies and that he 's gonna be king. This is the prophecy that cements the idea into Macbeth 's head that what the witches say is true and affects several of his decisions throughout the play. One way the knowledge of the prophecy had influenced his decisions is by knowing he would be king makes him decided to kill Duncan which he wouldn 't have decided to do without knowing prophecies. After becoming king Macbeth wonders about the third prophecy and decides to try to kill Banquo and his son so his descendants don 't succeed him as king. Macbeth decision in this is heavily influenced by the prophecy and wouldn 't of happened if he didnt
At the beginning of the play Shakespeare describes Macbeth as a hero. But however, his ambition overcame his good nature when the three witches professed Macbeth a prophecy and it caused Macbeth to believe everything they said. When they told him he would one day be king of Scotland, he decided to take the bloody path, which gradually led him to more power. Macbeth’s power and ambition unfortunately
THIRD WITCH: ‘All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!’ This scene is the seen that Macbeth gets the idea of fate in his head and sets the the chain of events in motion, if he had not gotten this idea or had not heard the prophecy the prophecy would not be fulfilled. After Duncen had pronounced Macbeth thane of Cawdor, he pronounced his son Malcom the prince of Cumberland. Now Macbeth realises that he will not become king unless he acts on it. Macbeth tries to master fate, to make fate do exactly what he wants. He does this by murdering king
Shakespeare used supernatural themes to show how fate was shown in the play. Macbeth fate was heavily influence by the witches, as a result the witches were controlling the actions of Macbeth and Macbeth was being driven by fear and expectations. As Macbeth rises in power his actions became more evil and people around him are being hurt and influenced by his actions. One of the scenes in Macbeth shows the witches summoning the apparitions as Macbeth watches. The second apparition said to Macbeth “Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth”.
He feared this more than anything else, what would happen after the murder. However it took him until this point to realize all he had sacrificed for a “fruitless crown” (66)that the witches gave him. For Macbeth, there seems no way out, no way to install his sons as the future kings. Not only is Banqo a talented tactician, he is also backed by a prophecy coming from witches who see the future. How can Macbeth escape a man who does not get himself in trouble and the verdict of a prophecy?
Ambition can be characterized as the yearning and ability to endeavor towards accomplishment or refinement. Despite what might be expected, driving ambition is the outright desire to accomplish a specific goal, paying little mind to any conceivable results. In William Shakespeare's Macbeth, driving ambition brought Macbeth and his wife to murder King Duncan as a result of their yearning for force. While trying to hold his energy Macbeth also killed Banquo and Macduff's gang. Through both of these savage activities, Macbeth and his wife showed that they are not worried about the expense of the deed, but rather just last result that is accomplished.
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 Act 1, scene 7, Lady Macbeth was trying to engage Macbeth ‘ to be a man’ and then to kill Duncan get the throne, Macbeth was hesitant however he said ‘I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none. ’ This demonstrates that Macbeth were obsessed with the power and to trust the weird witches, the fate. The line ‘If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir. ’Shows that he think he should be the King, it’s destiny. In the history, Jacobean era was a superstitious time and also spit regicide.
“What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him.”(V.I.25-30). So much blood indeed, an amount that would not wane after death. The motif of bloodshed and fatality, follows Macbeth’s action, but Macbeth’s decisions belong to his wife. Composed by Shakespeare, Macbeth portrays the ambition toward power and the ramifications of choices through the behavior of Macbeth. However, his actions are not determine by himself, but at the hands of his dominant wife, which, through her selfish desire for authority, absence of emotion and management of Macbeth creates a cycle of death.
Despite Macbeth doubting whether or not he should follow through with the assassination of Duncan, he is always convinced by Lady Macbeth that killing Duncan is appropriate. Lady Macbeth even views her husband’s weaknesses as leverage to harass him into killing Duncan. This can be seen when, at one stage, Macbeth repels the idea of killing a good king and believes that the assassination should not be done, his wife demands him to kill by saying abusive words. She questions if Macbeth loves her, she questions Macbeth’s masculinity and she criticizes Macbeth’s aspiration to be king. These three brutal statements hurt Macbeth.
It is true that Lady Macbeth and the three witches were partially responsible for his downfall; however, Macbeth’s selfish desires are what cloud his thoughts in the first place. Macbeth’s life and destiny is really in his own hands. Though fate plays a significant part in the play shown from the witches prediction on Macbeth 's rise to Thane of Cawdor, it is his own wicked thoughts with the influence of Lady Macbeth that leads him to kill the king, and that decision is what ultimately lead to his downfall. Although the witches mention to Macbeth that it is his fate to take the throne, Macbeth is the one to make it occur. Thus, his fate was in his own hands, just like it is in everyone else’s as
Moreover, it is shown that Macbeth is not just a character that the witches try to control, but that he has enough choice to create his own path in life. Macbeth lets the witches’ prediction, that he “...shalt be king hereafter” (Shakespeare I.iii.53), influence the decisions he makes. Macbeth blindly listens to the witches’ prophecy without any proof, so he “... is not only a tyrant, but also his unselfconscious superstition causes him to be an incompetent one” (McGrail 32). Macbeth chooses to believe in the witches rather than dismissing their words like Banquo does. Therefore, it is this choice that leads him to his doomed fate.
The witches clearly entice him with power and even antagonize him so they may bend him to their will; other supernatural forces even lull him into a false sense security with the twisted words of their prophecy. Despite the fact that Lady Macbeth plays a large role in influencing his actions, these facts clearly show that the supernatural almost entirely controls Macbeth. It is quite apparent that the three witches are the first to even suggest that Macbeth might gain King Duncan’s throne. Without their words to Macbeth in the first act of the play, it is likely that the idea of seizing power never would have occurred to him. Before his encounter Macbeth is regarded as a hero: “But all’s too weak; For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name)” (Shakespeare 1.2 15-16).