Macbeth’s cruel decision clarifies that even highborn men can be corrupted by the temptation of high status. Moreover, the actions of Macbeth convincing the murderers to kill Banquo and his son in order to secure his status underlines that despite how noble a man can be, the temptation of high status will prevail. Macbeth admits, “ And I will put that business in your bosoms,/ Whose execution takes your enemy off/ grapples to the heart and love of us” (III.i.107-109). Macbeth’s quote emphasizes he is using the same method of manipulation as Lady Macbeth to control and convince the murderers that Banquo is their enemy. In order to stay in power, Macbeth the nobleman decides to maliciously lie and convince the murderers to kill Banquo and his son, which highlights the great war hero, Macbeth, is willing to betray his comrades for the sole purpose of securing his position as king.
The desire for self-preservation is most clearly illustrated through the character of Claudius; he shows the most need for self-preservation by letting his desire for power overcome his judgement. Vaulting ambition sometimes leads people to commit heinous deeds against human nature. Claudius demonstrates a deep desire for self-preservation right from the beginning of the play based on the fact that he was able to kill his own brother to achieve all his life goals. Claudius’ desire for power is his main
He was so ambitious and power hunger that he was willing to murder his best friend and war partner due to an off chance Macbeth made up in his head. Macbeth’s knowledge of the importance of a bloodline drove him to do even more unspeakable things and go even more insane. “They hailed him father to a line of kings./ Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown/ And put a barren scepter in my grip,/ Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand,/ No son of mine succeeding./” (Macbeth Act 3 Scene 1) Macbeth allowed his mind to make up crazy scenarios and become paranoid, power hunger, and dangerously ambitious. His situations and scenarios combined with importances emphasized by his culture caused his tragic flaw to show and cause his
Power caused this trait to develop because he destroyed other people’s lives for his needs as a king. Another example would include, “ I’m going now. The murder is as good as done. ‘’ ( Act 2, Scene 1, Page 3 ). This develops his character of being devoted, but it also demonstrates what vicious ways he can hurt others.
Could this have been persuasion from a crazy power hungry wife, or just the acts of an arrogant self obsessed man? KIng Duncan is murdered and the two suspects have been narrowed down to Lady Macbeth and Macbeth himself. Clearly, the fault of this heinous crime has been placed on Macbeth. While Macbeth is a hero, he is also the one to point a finger to about this death. Macbeth is hungry for power, and he will literally fight to the death for it; even if he loses his head in the process.
Hamlet's overthinking and inaction led to several unnecessary murders. Hamlet knew that Claudius is guilty, yet he still wants to make sure, therefore Hamlet made a play that played out the exact way that Claudius had killed King Hamlet. Hamlet had done this in order to watch how Claudius reacts to make sure that Claudius is the one who murdered his father, “I’ll observe his looks, if he do blench, I know my course” (Ham.2.2.583-585) “Now might I do it pat, now’a is a-praying. And now I’ll do’t” ( Ham. 3.3.72-73), Hamlet says, as he is debating whether or not to kill the king as he prays and thinks to himself if he kills him now then the king will just go to heaven because he is praying.
After this point in time, he changes from a loyal soldier to a tyrant king, killing many of his friends in order to stay king. He loses his sanity and becomes insane with power, leading to the death of him and his wife. Shakespeare shows that power and ambition can bring leaders to their own demise just as what happened to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. To begin with, Macbeth’s loyalty and dip into evil. In the beginning of the play Macbeth was a seemingly loyal,
The reason some readers may give him that name is for all the killing Macbeth does in order to become king. The audience believes that Macbeth was under realization of what he was doing for his own good. They also consider him an antagonist because Macbeth told Lady Macbeth “To know my deed ‘twere best not know myself” (2.2.71). There the audience knows that Macbeth understands what he did but he is trying to forget. But many see him still as a tragic hero because his flaw is what allowed him to proceed with the killing.
Macbeth was responsible for his own actions when killing King Duncan, the guards, and his best friend Banquo. These actions came from his flaw of ambition, His ambition for power would stop at nothing for him to become king. He wanted power so bad that he was willing to kill his best friend. The prophecies were the reasoning of the awakening of this ambitious mindset of
In Sophocles` play, Antigone, he shows a story of a crazed man who lets pride takes over his actions causing the deaths of his loved ones. This essay will discuss Haimon, King Creon`s son, through statements that Sophocles himself wrote and inferences of his perspective. During the story Haimon does major actions such as; plea for his fiancée, commits suicide and even cast death upon King Creon. I believe that Haimon plead for Antigone`s life for more than one reason. He pleads for her because she was his fiancée and also because he heard the rumors the citizens passed around about King Creon.
Macbeth’s lust for power has overtaken him, that is why he hired assassins to kill Banquo and his son Fleance. Out of spite of Fleance for being heir to the throne, but it backfires on him and Fleance escapes. Macbeth then became unstable after killing his best friend; seeing the deceased ghost and speaking of things that did not make any sense. Macbeth is deranged, losing himself because of the murders he had partaken in. ”Things without all remedy should be without regard: what 's done is done.” Anyone can see that he is behind the murders and blaming it on Lady Macbeth is not the right decision.