The Thane of King Duncan, Macbeth hears a prophecy that he himself will become king later on in the future after King Duncan. This then leads to Macbeth being overcome by greed. Since Macbeth greeds to be king so bad, he murders King Duncan and takes his place of the throne. Macbeth starts to live with so much guilt and fear that he commits even more murders to have his power safe. Macbeth is so confident in the prophecies that his life comes to a downfall and he gets killed by the people he did wrong.
Imagine being presented with the opportunity for greater things, such as power, wealth, and respect, but could only achieve this life through destruction. In William Shakespeare’s drama, “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, he writes the story of a man named Macbeth, who was faced with this very choice. Driven by twisted truths and his own ambition, Macbeth murders the king of Scotland and ascends the throne, unaware his decision will also lead to his downfall. The predominant theme of good vs. evil had surrounded Macbeth as he descended down the path of destruction and emerged in who he faced along the way including himself, Banquo and Macduff. The first signs of evil intent reside within Macbeth himself as he struggles with his morals as a loyal
After hearing from the prophecy from the Weird Sisters, Macbeth realizes his potential to become king of Scotland. His ambition and wife drive him to take action and kill King Duncan. “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself and falls on the other— (1.7.25-28)” Although Macbeth handled the murdered the of King Duncan very well, he did leave some holes in which people could figure out that he did kill Macbeth. For example he kills the guards which causes Macduff and the other
He also later finds out that he is a difficult man to murder, so it goes to his head and he believes he 's invincible. In Shakespeare 's Macbeth, the theme of blind ambition is developed through the motif of blood as seen in the assassination of King Duncan, the murder of Banquo, and the outcome of the second apparition. The assassination of Duncan was bloody and was the first act that was influenced by Macbeth’s blind ambition to be King. Macbeth at first tries to fight his ambition, he says, “First I am his kinsman and his subject,/Strong both against the deed: then, as his host,/Who should against his murderer shut the door,/Not bear the knife myself.” (I.vii. 13-16).
The reason someone might consider Macbeth a serial killer is because a common characteristic of a serial killer is to want to be in control of or have power over others. This characteristic is portrayed when he says “O, yet I do repent me of my fury, that I did kill them” (2, 4,100-101). The text illustrates that Macbeth is trying to hide the fact that he killed the guards, in order to hide the truth of him killing King Duncan from the other citizens and court members of Scotland. There are many instances in the tragedy that portray Macbeth’s changing character into a merciless, serial killer. For instance, in the tragedy, Macbeth says, “Seize upon Fife, give to th’ edge o’ the’ sword His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls (4, 1,151-152).
Henceforth, Macbeth would go out of his way to kill and cause more people to die to stay at the top asking after he killed Duncan. Therefore, the people who are in Macbeth circle of trust beings to reduce and they began to turn on him. We see this after Macbeth kills Macduff’s family and Macduff pledge to avenge his family death. For example, we see this in Act 5 scene 6 when Macduff says, “By this great clatter…Let me find him, Fortune, and more I beg not (5.6.19-24).” This show that Macbeth chase for being king, will also be the cause of his death. Not only did Macbeth die for being overly ambitious.
Macbeth practice essay: The following analyse deals with an extract, Act 3, scene 1, from Shakespeare's play, Macbeth. Prior to this extract Macbeth, our main character, has recently murdered the king, Duncan, and has ascended to the throne himself. This extract deals with interactions of Macbeth with others and himself just before he sends an assassin to kill Banquo, a 'friend' of Macbeth's who Macbeth thinks may suspect him. In this extract we see Macbeth grappling with his own conscience as well as his anger and paranoia over the witches' prophecy that it will be Banquo's sons, not Macbeth's, that will take over the throne. This extract also deals with a lot of irony and foreshadowing especially revolving around a feast that Macbeth throws
These fluids carry the plot along and describes Macbeth’s desire for control. Specifically, milk, alcohol, and urine are fluids that demonstrate the crave for mightiness as Macbeth claims the throne at the death of King Duncan. Thus, in the scenes of progression, of the plan to kill King Duncan came Shakespeare’s hidden symbol of fluids that presents the ambition and desire to attain power. When Macbeth is crowned Thane of Cawdor in Act I, his ambition for more power is fueled. He believes that he must kill the king in order to make his prophecy to come true.
“Is this dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?” The weird sisters push him to become a evil man that is why Macbeth imagines a dagger in front of him. Macbeth want to murder Banquo and his son because of the weird sister’s prophecies.The influence from the weird sister’s make he thinks that is his destiny to be a king of Scotland ,therefore he has to protect it.④“He chid the Sisters,When first they put the name of king upon me ,And bade them speak to him; then prophet-like. They hailed him father to a line of kings.Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown.” Once again the prophecies continues to push him along to kill Banquo and his son. The weird sisters play an important role by tell Macbeth the second set of prophecies which has make him think he is invincible. ”⑤Though Birnam Wood be come to Dunsinane, And thou opposed, being of no woman born,Yet I will try the last.
In the play everyone finds out that that Macbeth killed Duncan and the others, Macduff brings an army to attack Macbeth at his castle. Macbeth and Macduff starts to fight and his punishment was that he got his head chopped off. Everyone started to say “here comes newer comfort”(5.8.53). This shows his punishment because he got killed for his actions. He killed multiple people and thought that he would get by with it.