This results in a celebration, as the king applauds Macbeth. However, Macbeth and his fellow fighter and good friend, Banquo, find themselves caught in the path of the witches. At first, the duo lacks trust in the sorceresses, but they woo Macbeth with their clairvoyance in recognition of his titles. The witches acknowledge Macbeth’s accomplishments and proceed to inform him of a future kingship. Thoroughly intrigued, Macbeth asks the witches to “stay, tell me more” of his future kingship (Shakespeare The Tragedy of Macbeth 1.3.70).
Lady Macbeth wanted the prophecies to come true. Lady Macbeth wanted her husband to have power.When Lady Macbeth receives the letter from Macbeth, it shows her ambition to help her husband murder King Duncan. Lady Macbeth was afraid that her husband wouldn’t follow through with the plan because it was such a harsh crime. Lady Macbeth taunts Macbeth through the story. She felt as if she was more of a man than Macbeth.
He sends a letter to Lady Macbeth, on his way home, stating all that has happened and how he is in line for the throne. Lady Macbeth comes up with an idea on how her husband can become king; he would have to kill King Duncan. When Macbeth arrives back to his castle called Inverness, Lady Macbeth tells him of her plan. She plans to get the men drunk at dinner so that they can be killed in their sleep and no one will have any recollection of it. In Act II Scene i, we see that Macbeth has decided to go along with the plan, “Is this a dagger which I see before me/ The handle towards my hand?/ Come, let me clutch thee!/ I have the not/ and yet I see thee still/ Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible/ To feeling as to sight/ or art thou but/ A dagger of the mind, a false creation/ proceeding from the heat/ oppressed brain?/ I see thee yet/ in form as palpable/ As this which now I draw (II.
By playing on Macbeth’s deepest ambition, it brought forth thoughts of evil and as a result, it leads Macbeth down a violent path. Lady Macbeth also has a part to play as she is the driving force, who plotted and urged Macbeth into committing the hideous act. Lady Macbeth attacked qualities of Macbeth’s manhood, telling him when he commits the murder then he “[is] a man”. Shakespeare suggests that Macbeth lacks the strength of character, but through manipulation of his ambitions, he gains the strength to carry out the act. Straight after the murder of Duncan, Macbeth is shaken by what he has committed and says will all “great Neptune’s ocean, wash this blood/clean from my hands”, reveals that he is now regretting his decision and is making an attempt to get rid of the evidence.
He immediately accepts what the witches tells him in Act I Scene iii, and once the first of their predictions comes true he says “The greatest is behind” – believing that the best part was indeed yet to come. He asks Banquo “Do you not hope your children shall be kings / When those that gave the thane of Cawdor to me / Promised no less to them?” Banquo, evidently the more rational of the two, imparts some wise words upon Macbeth - “And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, / The instruments of darkness tell us truths, / Win us with honest trifles, to betray ’s / In deepest consequence.” Banquo does not get his hopes up as he thinks the witches are deceiving them, but his words do not discourage Macbeth, whose blind trust in the witches will only lead him to a path of
It was her ambitious plan on murdering Duncan, but Macbeth does not want to kill him. After Lady Macbeth reads the letter she says, “Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe top-full of direst cruelty. Make thick my blood.” (Shakespeare 1:5:30-33). This quotation by Lady Macbeth says “unsex her”, which means she is wanting to be like a stereotypical man to give her enough power and to be less emotional. She says this because she can then make herself a cruel person and murder Duncan.
Lady Macbeth’s lust for power was evident as she pushed Macbeth to kill Duncan because she wanted to be queen, but after the deed is done, it is apparent that it has messed with her mind. If it was a common act to sleepwalk and talk in your sleep the gentlewoman would not assume the doctor could prescribe medicine to help. Lastly, it is apparent that Lady Macbeth’s lust for power drove her to insanity when she committed suicide. Macbeth and Seyton heard a scream and Seyton went to check on the cause. After returning he made the statement, “The queen, my lord, is dead.” (Cowther 5:5: 17).
He chose to kill Duncan when speaking to his wife “I am settled, and bend up Each corporal agent to this terrible feat. Away, and mock the time with fairest show. False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” (1.7.79-82) He has decided not only to kill his king, but to pretend that he is innocent, and take his throne, It is his decision, not Lady Macbeth’s. Even Macbeth himself accepts responsibility for the act, “I’ll go no more: I am afraid to think what I have done; Look on't again I dare not.” (2.2.51-53) Despite the fact that he is convinced he is taking the right course of action, directly following the act he regrets it. He does not blame Lady Macbeth for he knows he is to blame, and she is forced metaphorically clean up his mess by making a mess of the
Originally, Macbeth changed his mind about killing the king, but his wife talked him into it. Macbeth hallucinate a bloody dagger, then before he knows it he has killed the king in his sleep. But Macbeth screwed up, he was suppose to leave the dagger with the guards. But he didn’t, lady Macbeth had to run back and put the dagger in their possession.
He chooses to do this even after the effect of the first murder he did. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth plan to have a dinner and invite Banquo to this dinner to kill him because they both are afraid that Banquo will be suspicious of King Duncan’s murder since Banquo was there when Macbeth received the prophecy that Macbeth would be king, they also try to kill Banquo’s son fleance so that no one related to Banquo will be the throne. He then regrets killing banquo because his ghost appears causing Macbeth’s paranoia to grow. Quotations: (Act. 3, Scene 4, pg.109 lines 162-172) Macbeth: I hear it by the way; but I will send.