In William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, the namesake protagonist is caught in the ever present struggle between right and wrong. Throughout the play, many characters are seduced by the corruption of power. Macbeth’s fate is decided when he makes a series of bad choices to follow his ambitions towards power and sends him on a path of self destruction. Throughout the play, Macbeth’s actions are controlled by either his quest to gain more power, or by the manipulative power that his wife, Lady Macbeth, holds over him.
In act two the flaw of betrayal continues when Macbeth decides to kill duncan and take his spots as king of Scotland. Macbeth and lady Macbeth make this plan up to kill the king were she would signal Macbeth by ringing s bell when the king has fell asleep Macbeth hears the bell and says “Duncan; for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell.” This means he is on the way to kill Duncan to fulfill his prophecy. After Macbeth does the deed he doesn 't feel like he is
The last example of Macbeth being bad is when he orders family to be killed because he discovers that Macbeth has fled to Duncan’s son, Malcom in England. Macbeth is suspicious that his downfall might be coming. “beware Macduff” this quote is talked by the witches in act 4 secne 2 as the witches are warning Macbeth that something might happen. Therefore Macbeth gets very suspicious and hires two murderes to kill them. Macbeths insanity to become utterly obsessed with eliminating any threats to his power is why he is a lousy person in this
The one of the first major times theme of unchecked ambition is seen is the first time that a murder occurs that deals with the throne. That first time it is seen is when Macbeth and Lady Macbeth murder King Duncan. The reason of how that was related to the throne should be obvious since his name was King Duncan. He was the king before Macbeth was given the throne.
Macbeth’s character changes greatly throughout the play, from a respected thane to a king who people want dead. Macbeth gives in to his ‘vaulting ambition’ and, encouraged by the witches and Lady Macbeth, he murders King Duncan for the power. The guilt from this greatly affects him, he thinks he should carry on this path as he is almost at the
I do think that Macbeth relates to the world we live in today. Like Macbeth, many people today have a greed for power and will stop at no ends to get that power. For example in Macbeth, Macbeth kills many people, causes the death of his wife and also ends up killing himself just to become king. This is only because three witches prophesize that Macbeth would become king. So, therefore, Macbeth killed the king, blamed it on the king’s sons, and then kills one of his best friends.
The feeling of mistrust Macbeth had for Banquo ended up causing Banquo his life. In the end, Macduff goes to visit Malcolm in England to try and convince him to come back to Scotland and take his rightful place as king. Malcolm agrees, so they gather an army and stormed Dunsinane castle to kill the power crazed Macbeth. Macbeth and Macduff meet in battle.
Macbeth wanted Banquo dead because he did not want Banquo to be the one to say that he killed King Duncan. The author says, “He tries to defend his father when they are attacked but is not old enough or skilled enough. He just manages to escape with his own life” (General OneFile 1). When Banquo was killed, his son, Fleance, escaped before he was going to get killed. Macbeth sent the murderers to Fleance because he was with his father at that time.
However, it is all according to the prophecy, so it holds as fair. What would be a fair act to bring in the heir to the throne transitions from a positive connotation to one that is foul, and therefore a paradox blooms with these events. Malcolm, son of King Duncan, later reveals that he wants to kill Macbeth because of the many that he has killed in his path to claim the throne.
Because of the victory, Macbeth, who is Thane of Glamis, will be given the title of Thane of Cawdor. Duncan orders the execution of the rebel Thane of Cawdor and sends messengers to announce to Macbeth that he has been given Cawdor 's title. Macbeth is not content with what he is awarded. Macbeth is convinced that he can only have power by killing Duncan. Macbeth says, “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,Against the use of nature?
Macbeth 's decisions to murder changed his whole way of life negatively. His first murder was what changed it all. Duncan the ex king of Scotland, was his first victim. In order to become king, Macbeth’s final decision was that he would have to kill Duncan to become King. Decisions can have a bad or good consequence in your life.
Macbeth needed power, he craved it, so after the prediction by the witches to become Thane of Cawdor, he was pronounced just that. ”By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.” The desire to be king overtook him. Killing king Duncan and his wife with their servants daggers; who Macbeth then killed after, Macbeth received the kingly title.
Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is a play that mainly focuses on one common theme of insanity. Macbeth gradually becomes plagued by intense guilt as his desire for power drives him to attain his goals by any means necessary, including committing murder. He kills Duncan in cold blood in order to become King, has Banquo killed by three murderers because he wishes to maintain his position as King, and finally, he has Macduff’s family slaughtered. Each of these occurrences takes place because of Macbeth’s will to be King, or they are a result of his guilt. Nonetheless, they are all completed of his free will, which is what causes him to deteriorate mentally.
Macbeth’s hamartia is his excessive ambition to become King, which leads to paranoia, and then leads to his death. The Fatal Flaw in Shakespearian tragedies is what classifies the play under that genre. Whilst there is death and sadness in his other plays, to be sorted with his Tragedies the plays must end in the main character’s death brought upon them due to their own faults.
The witches gave Macbeth a prophecy, and he believed it because he became the Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth earned that title by being a hero, and lost his values when he heard that possibility of being king. Once Macbeth kills Duncan, he is put on a path to be king. Macbeth is desperate to maintain his control, and kills Banquo. This puts Macbeth further on the path.