Macbeth is very rational at the beginning of the novel and makes decisions that he know’s would help other people plus himself, later on after the murder of Duncan his rationality decreases, his mind goes crazy and he kills people for no reason, this illustrates his good morals and values being destroyed. Before the killing of Duncan, Macbeth is very reasonable, and notices the good from the bad, the smart from the dumb, so every little detail catches the eye of him. Therefore, when the three witches come over to him he is amazed at there beauty and willfulness, “speak if you can. What are you”(1.3.50)? The way the witches praise and talk to Macbeth makes him feel powerful and almost as their leader. Macbeth then realizes through his friends and fellow people, Banquo his trusty friend who may just knock some sense
Macbeth was an honorable and loyal soldier to King Duncan. As he stumbled upon the three witches and hearing their predictions. He began to question his future when King Duncan had given a higher rank to his son Malcolm. As if Malcolm was to become king Macbeth’s second prophecy of him becoming king wouldn’t come true or at least it would take a longer time for him to be king. His ambitions toward the crown grew and it slowly but surely began to corrupt his mind. Along with the help of his wife Lady Macbeth, who encouraged and convinced him to go through the plan of killing Duncan, his mind and soul slowly turned insane.
Shakespeare’s brilliance lies within subtle details. Therefore, a close reading of his plays, including Macbeth, presents an insight into the structure of the play. Once this is accomplished, one reaches an understanding of the play and characters through their speeches. This paper discusses Act 2 Scene 1, Macbeth’s soliloquy.
Lady Macbeth is placed between “Innocent” and “Guilty” as the “Temptress”. In the beginning of the play, Macbeth has hesitations towards killing King Duncan, but Lady Macbeth mocks his masculinity and persuades him to commit the murder. She is innocent because she did not stab King Duncan and the others herself, but she is the ultimate reason the murders were carried through in the first place.
Throughout the drama, Shakespeare uses apostrophe as a way to communicate a character’s emotions to the reader; he does this with Macbeth as well as Lady Macbeth, and while both instances portray how desire for power can lead to the loss of a person’s integrity, it is during Macbeth’s monologue that the reader is able to understand the internal conflict that takes place in a struggle for power. After realizing the severity his plan to succeed the throne, Macbeth reveals his hesitancy towards killing King Duncan, and it is at that moment that he calls out to a “dagger of the mind” which symbolizes his guilt and temptation to carry out the evil deed (2. 1. 39). Inevitably, Macbeth’s desire for power outweighed his moral integrity, and he carries out the murder of King Duncan, beginning the slow spiral of his own demise mentally and physically. Shakespeare uses this apostrophe as a way to highlight the importance of the idea of murder and how easily its concept can be corrupted by greed. Before being told he would be king, Macbeth was content with
At this point in the play, Macbeth has decided to kill the king of Scotland. In Act 2 Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, he utilizes pathos and dark, liquid imagery to create a mood in the reader similar to that of Macbeth’s emotions. As stated earlier, Macbeth is prepared to kill his king--an act he originally didn’t want to commit. Since his meeting with the Witches, Lady Macbeth has worked her way into Macbeth’s mind. She has now completely convinced him that he wants to be king, this is an example of the reliance on someone else’s thoughts.
The language in 2.1.44-74 conveys Macbeth’s eagerness of taking over King Duncan by killing him, because many words connoted the coming of the dagger. For example, line 45 can be interpreted into-- the handle of the dagger is pointing at me. Come here, let me grab it, let me grab it to kill Duncan. This sentence showed that Macbeth was too impatient to wait to get his weapon. In addition to that, words like ‘toward’, ‘come’, and ‘clutch’ emphasized Macbeth’s zeal. In line 50, ‘heat-oppressed’ also indicated that Macbeth was very excited. Line 73,74 meant that the breath while Macbeth’s talking will cool down the heat of his action. These two lines implied that Macbeth will act soon, and his avid heart was inciting him to do so. What’s more,
In act one scene seven, in the play Macbeth, shakespeare uses diction to reveal Lady macbeth's complex thinking and ruthless ambition of gaining power by having macbeth kill king duncan. Shakespeare demonstrates this through many conversations between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. The diction shakespeare uses also expresses Lady Macbeth’s motivation towards killing king duncan and how it influences Macbeth. Shakespeare also uses metaphors, and persuasive language to depict Lady Macbeth's obsession for power and authority along with Macbeth’s reluctance to agree with Lady Macbeth's plan to kill king Duncan.
Macbeth’s greatest weakness is his ambition, but it is also his greatest strength. Despite his ambition being one of his major weaknesses, it is not his sole weakness he exhibits that contributes to his inevitable death. At the beginning of William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ the protagonist Macbeth is described as ‘brave’, ‘noble’ and ‘honourable’, however Lady Macbeth’s and Macbeths desire for power consumes them. Macbeth’s ambition overrides his conscience and transformed his greatest strength into his greatest weakness. Macbeth’s inability to resist temptations that led him to be greedy for power, Macbeth’s easily manipulative nature which allowed his mind to be swayed, Macbeth having no self control and his excessive pride was what allowed him to renew his previously honourable and celebrated title into one of an evil ‘tyrant’.
The Tragedy of Macbeth written by William Shakespeare deals with the concepts of power, ambition, evil and fear. One particular scene in the play seems to deal with more of the concepts of fear and power, as well as feeling nothing. In Act 5, Scene 5, Shakespeare uses differing types of figurative language to add to the somber tone and dark nature of the scene/play.
Often times in literature, the downfall of a character arises due to both external and internal forces. In Macbeth, William Shakespeare demonstrates that the downfall of Macbeth arises due to both internal and external forces, but among the two, internal forces have a greater influence on the outcome. The forces of Macbeth’s own nature, the supernatural and Lady Macbeth all contribute to his downfall but the true deciding factors are the forces within.
After murdering king Duncan, Macbeth transforms into a more cruel and ruthless personality with different underlying fears of the future. Before committing the act of murder, Macbeth is an innocent and noble man that is loyal to Duncan. It is only due to fierce persuasion by Lady Macbeth that Macbeth
In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, Shakespeare introduces us to a man on a mission to assassinate the reigning king of Scotland, King Duncan. Through King Duncan, Shakespeare reveals Macbeth’s crude and unfiltered nature while capturing every second of Macbeth’s sadistic plan. With the use of paradox, internal character struggles, and the idea of fate, Shakespeare provides insight on what madness Macbeth created and the effect his madness has on other characters.
Hamartia is a tragic hero’s flaw that will eventually lead to his demise. In the play, Macbeth, Macbeth’s Hamartia is evidently his ambition. “The eye wink at the hand! yet let that be, Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.”(1.4.59-60) evinces Macbeth’s dangerous ambition because he wishes to kill Duncan to become King of Scotland, yet Duncan made him a Thane, and also gave him words of praise. When Macbeth kills Duncan, it also begins his moral descent into darkness, as he is willing to do anything in order to continue being the ruler of Scotland “Now if you have a station in the file, Not in the worst rank of manhood, say it, And I will put that business in your bosoms Whose execution takes your enemy off.”