Throughout the story of Macbeth, the loss of sleep is quietly woven. Beneath the surface and literal meaning of the word, sleep actually symbolizes peace and innocent rest in the play. Before the persuasive words of his wife, Macbeth was satisfied with his life and was going to allow fate to take its course. “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir”(1.3.144). However, once Lady Macbeth began to question Macbeth’s manhood by insulting him, he could no longer disregard the idea of becoming king immediately.
All throughout history, people have wondered if it is possible to bury guilt down deep inside and forget about a horrible deed. The feeling of guilt and its overbearing weight can be seen in all sorts of cases, but particularly when dealing with illegal or societally unacceptable behavior. An ordinary man in the community, who is in good standing, does his duties and is seen as a good overall guy is generally thought of as innocent; someone who would not ever commit a crime because they have no weird vibe coming from them. A typical man will most likely live a normal life without causing any trouble, but sometimes, a man may shock himself by carrying out a lawless act and will feel remorseful.
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
Bound by Fate, Pained by Free Will For centuries, many people have debated and grappled with the idea of fate versus free will. Is a person’s life controlled by fate or is a person entirely responsible for their actions and subsequent consequences? American Professor Randy Pausch describes the relationship between fate and free will well when he writes, “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the game”. In the tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, it appears as though Macbeth’s fate is predetermined from the beginning, however, it is his actions that determine how he reaches his destiny.
Ambition plays an important role in the everyday life, it drives the humankind to have a desire to achieve one’s goal. All things considered ambition has both positive and negative qualities depending how it is achieved, which can lead to one’s success or one’s downfall. When selfishness plays a role in ambition, it can cause wrongful acts to take place, for instance, a literary example of ambition is displayed in the play, The Tragedy of Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. The play mentions how the protagonist is portrayed as the tragic hero named Macbeth, a noble general of Scotland who is admired by many for his bravery, was encountered by three witches who told Macbeth he was going to be the Thane of Cawdor and abolish any threats in his way to become the king of Scotland, creating him to become anxious to discover more about his destiny. Macbeth’s eagerness leads him to attempt to fulfill the three prophecies by murdering for the kingship.
Based on the observations of Macbeth, the diagnosis for him is schizophrenia. Macbeth went through a lot of changes in the play and after he had Banquo killed he started to have hallucinations. He started to feel paranoid after he killed Duncan he felt as if he had a lot of blood on his hands and that every noise made him fearful. Macbeth isolated himself because he felt like everybody was out to take his spot as king. He did not consult with Lady Macbeth anymore and decided to impulsive and have Macduff's family killed.
Control is a recurring theme in the play "Macbeth" as it warns the audience of the reprecussions of trying to control your fate. The first key event where control features in a significant way is the witches prophecies. They tell Macbeth that he will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland which establishes the importance of fate. Shakespeare conveys the witches as agents of evil that are deceptive and dangerous, "oftentimes to win us to our harm/the instruments of darkness tell us truths," showing that they use truth itself to influence a horrible outcome (Macbeth 's tragic demise.) Their message is compelling and attractive and we can clearly see their effect on Macbeth as it greatly contrasts to that of Banquo.
Consequently, Macbeth is responsible for devastating himself due to his insane mental state. His mental ability deranged completely turns him from an honourable hero into an immoral tyrant. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth is sane and praised by every person in Scotland. In contrast, he turns into an unscrupulous dictator because of mental instability at the end. Macbeth throws his honour and sanity away instead of being a respected dominator.
The Metamorphic Way “But when [Nebuchadnezzar’s] heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory.” (Daniel 5:20-21) The pride of Nebuchadnezzar destroys his life and erodes his reputation from the inside out. Similarly, Macbeth’s pride and ambition also transforms in position and in character. Shakespeare’s character of Macbeth in the play Macbeth portrays an exceedingly inconstant, prideful, and tragic hero.
The play, Macbeth, shows the among between sanity and insanity and the struggle between reason and delusion. Throughout this whole play, Macbeth slips into a state of lunacy slowing turning into a psychopath. The basis of understanding the play is through the first murder, King Duncan. Macbeth’s other two assassinations are just used as efforts to secure his throne. He begins accepting the evil inside him and succumbing to the temptation to murder and insanity.