Macbeth shows how he betrays his own best friend and sends out assassins to have Banquo dead. The development of this trait is on account of his greed for power. Despite already murdering Duncan horridly, he becomes unmerciful as his greediness comes in the way of his morals. In conclusion, the mercy he does not show contributes to the factors that lead to his
As soon as Macbeth becomes than he realizes that if everything is going to be decided by fate he is just going to wait for it to happen. Shortly after he becomes very impatient saying “The Prince of Cumberland! That is a step/ On which I must fall down or else o’erleap,/ For in my way it lies. Stars, hide your fires;/ Let not light see my black and deep desires./ The eye wink at the hand, yet let that be/ Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.”
Thesis: In Macbeth, Ambition is evil causing massive strength and determination, but also can lead to destruction and madness. Shakespeare portrays Macbeth in the beginning of the play as a hero, fighting under King Duncan’s service. Macbeth was rewarded by being named Thane of Cawdor. He was very proud with himself and his ambition was good.
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's great tragedies in which he portrays how ambition, when left unmonitored and uncontrolled, leads to greed. Throughout the play Shakespeare highlights the unraveling of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s mental states as they pursue power and control. At the beginning of the play Macbeth is content as the Thane of Glamis and a noble knight. He appears as though he is living a happy life. The first indication that Macbeths life could be changing is in I, iii, 48 - 51 where the witches told him of his predicted future.
(I.III.51-53). Macbeth foolishly and blindly believes the witches prophecy despite there being no proof. Macbeth chooses to believe the misinterpreted predictions unlike Banquo who abandons the words of the witches. Macbeth's way of thinking is not predominantly due to the witches predictions because they did not mention anything about killing the king. Banquo noticed Macbeth’s guilt because the thoughts of treachery and murder were in his mind, “Good sir, why do you start, and seem to fear things that do sound so fair?”
Power can be a tool used to achieve a man’s heartfelt desire. Such is the case for the protagonist, Macbeth, in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. After three crones inform him of three prophecies: thane of Glamis and Cawdor, king hereafter, and Banquo’s children will become king, Macbeth is not content with allowing fate to run its course. Soon enough, he joins with his wife to commit murder and ensure that the most sought after prophecy is fulfilled, a kingship. As Macbeth attempts to protect his ambition, his actions go from that of being a noble thane to a man of paranoia, suspicion, and inner turmoil.
In the beginning of the play, Act I, Macbeth is a dignified general that is greatly respected by the king and his comrades. He also described as the “worthy Cawdor” by King Duncan (I.iv.48). Nevertheless, the men that trusts and glorifies Macbeth does not know of the blinding ambition caged within his heart. That ambition was finally set free when the three witches tell Macbeth that he would one day become king. Inevitably, the idea of gaining power captivates the ambition within him, forcing him to trust the deceitful witches even though he himself is aware of the consequential forthcomings that may occur.
Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is the tragic tale of Macbeth. The main character of this story is Macbeth, the virtuous and ambitious man and has caused his downfall because of his over-confidence and ambition. Therefore in this essay we are going to talk about the two main factors causing his downfall. Firstly is the prophesies made by the three witches, "All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!", saying that Macbeth will be the king. Therefore, Macbeth really believes in them and has an evil thought to kill King Duncan so as to fulfill his ambition.
Macbeth started thinking about Banquo’s prophesies, “Your sons will be kings. ” Macbeth thought about losing his power. He didn’t want to lose his power; he devised a plan to kill Banquo and his sons, so that Banquo’s prophesies will not come true. Macbeth knew he couldn’t kill Banquo and Fleance. “I’ll call upon you straight, abide within It is concluded: -- Banquo, thy soul’s flight, if it find heaven, must find it out to – night” (III, i, 140-142).
In Macbeth’s soliloquy, he talks about Banquo’s “hath of wisdom” and how Banquo acts safely(58). This illustrates that Macbeth is afraid of what Banquo might do. This illustrates Macbeth’s ambition because he is not going to give up until he finds what he is looking for if he gets suspicious with Macbeth. This makes Macbeth very scared of Banquo because if Banquo finds out that Macbeth killed Duncan, Macbeth’s life is going to be hell and Banquo is immediately going to tell everybody in Scotland. Macbeth fears Banquo so much that he will “champion his utterance” and will battle anybody to keep his crown(77).
William Shakespeare’s play introduces Macbeth as a brave warrior, whose fame on battle wins him great honor and pride from the king, Macbeth eventually becomes vulnerable and naive as his lady begins questioning his manhood. He is pushed to an extent that he feels he must commit murder to prove his manhood. He is often emasculated by his wife. He is an ambitious man whom is greedy and rash and would do anything for power. This essay will briefly discuss the character traits of Macbeth and how he was a victim of his own demise; his traits include bravery, vulnerability and ambition.
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