51-53). The three Witches tell Banquo’s future as well, saying his descendants will be kings, however, he will not. At first, Macbeth thinks nothing of the Witches babble. Coincidentally, just before Macbeth and Banquo meet the Witches, King Duncan announces to Ross that Macbeth will be the new Thane of Cawdor setting Macbeth’s fate into motion. “No more that thane of Cawdor shall deceive our bosom interest: go pronounce his present death, and with his former title greet Macbeth” (1.
Jack is bent on power from the beginning whereas, Macbeth is manipulated by three witches and his wife to take power. Power affects these two men in different ways, Jack starts to become his true self whereas Macbeth starts to hallucinate and go insane. This relates to the point of view of the authors: William Golding believes people are inherently evil whereas William Shakespeare believes people are inherently good. The question is, who is more evil Jack or Macbeth? Both Jack and Macbeth are ambitious and hungry for power.
Scotland’s Corrupted Reign In William Shakespeare Macbeth, there is a multitude of changes throughout the play within Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s wickedness. A metamorphosis takes place deep inside both characters; however, the changes oppose each other. “The weird sisters, hand in hand, posters of the sea and land, thus do go about, about: Thrice to thine and thrice to mine and thrice again, to make up nine. Peace! The charms wound up.” (Act1.2 )The witches pour prophecies into Macbeth giving him an insight of what is to come in his future, as king of Scotland.
Beginning with Lady Macbeth summoning evil spirits, to her not being able to hear the horrible news, to Macbeth questioning the masculinity of three murderers, to Macduff deciding to do more than just sit back and watch, to the death of the son of the King of England, gender roles can be found in crack and corner of Macbeth. Starting early in the play, after reading Macbeth’s letter about being told his prophecy of becoming king, Lady Macbeth decides that it is Macbeth’s fate to become king. She knows how loyal Macbeth is to Duncan but she knows she can force Macbeth to betray Duncan. Shakespeare uses this moment to go against tradition and has the good wife of the honorable man start meddling in evil. To do this, she calls upon unholy “spirits/That tend on mortal thoughts” to “unsex [her] here” (I.v.46-49).
Often, it is the responsibility of oneself to determine the outcome of your life, however there will always be influential people who either directly or indirectly affect the decisions made. Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a play believed to be written in 1605, focusing on the downwards spiral of Macbeth after he murders King Duncan in order to become King of Scotland, consequently developing feelings of guilt and paranoia. Through the establishment of atmosphere, comments on the actions of major characters, and foreshadowing events, Shakespeare develops the minor characters which include the Three Witches, Macduff, and the Murderers, to support and further prompt the development of the major characters, as well as to communicate essential moral truths and trite platitudes. The Witches play a crucial role in the development of the narrative; their actions contribute greatly to the downwards spiral of Macbeth’s life and sanity, and the murder of King Duncan. Their introduction to the play establishes a supernatural element that is consistent throughout the play, allowing for further exploration of ideas such as the destruction of oneself as a result of being overambitious.
The play Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a play written in 1606 to entertain King James and its people. The story takes place in medieval, 11th century Scotland with a main character, Macbeth meeting with the weird sisters or the witches telling his prophecy. The prophecy stated that after titles of Glamis and Cawdor, Macbeth will become the next King. With help of lady Macbeth, the prophecy does come true, but he will regret from there after. What once thought to be a good idea for his own greed changes Macbeth 's life forever and gets him killed.
The witches first played with that ambition at the beginning of the play. “All hail, Macbeth, the future king!” (A1 s3). This sentence caused Macbeth to question many things and ultimately kill Duncan. Macbeth had great ambition, however, he used it for the wrong things. If Macbeth did not give in to the ambition that was unlocked by the witches, the story would have turned out much differently.
and obtains the title, which trigger an arrogant and self-absorbed thinking leading to madness and finally, death. The play seems to bring up the question, whether Macbeth is fully responsible of his own destiny, or under control of fate. In the first glance, the play seems to take rather fatalistic direction, meaning that we are powerless to make decisions as they are inevitably determined by supernatural power (Hugh 1)) It is due to the presence of supernatural forces throughout the whole play that systematically fulfills the prophecy; therefore the witches represent the idea of fate in the play. However, Shakespeare seems to rather intertwine fate with free will and perhaps even promotes the second philosophy as the play evolves. Free Will over Fate in Macbeth This theory is obvious in a scene, where Macbeth is consciously deciding to kill king Duncan.
Hail to thee thane of Glamis! … thane of Cawdor… thou shalt be king hereafter (Witches, Act I, sc III, 50-52)¨. These witches are telling him that he will be thane of Glamis, thane of Cawdor and king of Scotland. In the beginning of the play Macbeth is already thane of Glamis because it is the name of the area he rules over. Soon after he was told these prophecies King Duncan named him thane of Cawdor.