The strive and ambition for power can seem to become true perfection, but people must become more careful about what they wish for because that power might exactly be what causes their downfall. This is true in William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth by a man by the name of Macbeth. Macbeth is a Scottish general and Thane of Glamis and is known for being a noble Thane and a brave, and powerful soldier. Macbeth being a high-ranking man was not virtuous. He was easily tempted into murder to fulfill his ambitious crave to claim the throne.
Macbeth bears the responsibility for the death of Duncan, his king, his kinsman and his guest. Macbeth was sucked in by ambition and fooled by his own conscience. Lady Macbeth may be a catalyst to Macbeth 's actions, but Macbeth is ultimately powered by his own ambitions and the prophecy of the witches. The witches ' prophecies have a powerful effect on Macbeth. Banquo asks him "why do you start and seem to fear Things that do sound so fair"(Act 1 Scene 1) .
The witches and the king of scotland all recognize MacBeth as an important person because Duncan believes that he has killed MacDonwald. The witches then fill his head with prophecies of who he will be in the near future. Secondly, a tragic hero has a death defying flaw buried within him. MacBeths flaws include greed and ambition. MacBeth states, “and it is done...bell invites me...Duncan... it is a knell...summons thee to heaven and hell”(19-22).
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.
Without moral discipline, anarchy would arise- boundary, order, and control would cease to exist. Every day, humankind is in a constant battle between right and wrong, good and evil. Even a once noble person will turn to greed, betrayal, and guilt when deprived of their morals. The deprivation of morality and its effects reflect itself within the story The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were once noble people, but when exposed to the possibility of power and control, they turn corrupt, allowing their sinister thoughts to consume them.
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.
Throughout the book, the well respected Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are consumed by power and greed. They end up killing the King of Scotland to become royal. While greed is tempting we need to remember that it is a destructive force and its consequences outweigh the benefits. Even though greed appears glamorous and inviting, Shakespeare shows us that it is contagious and addicting and will lead to destruction. Shakespeare reveals how contagious and evil greed is by the suggestion from the witches that Macbeth will be king.
The aspects of Aristotle criteria has a definition to the tragedies combining the characteristics into Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Aristotle criteria is qualified for the supernatural values in Macbeth by making Macbeth having a weakness which is his pride. Macbeth was thane of Glamis and a brave soldier to Duncan which his purpose is to murder Duncan to gain his spot“noble Macbeth hath won”(I.II.78). Macbeth desire for power has clouded his incisiveness and he has no intents to kill Duncan. Macbeth was pushing his “vaulting ambitions …” (I.Vii.27) that blinded him to see his intents to killing Duncan.
Sean Smith Mrs. Anthony Senior English 8 March 2018 The Danger of Ambition In Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, the author proposes a perpetual loop of struggle through his use of fate and imagery of the character’s deaths in order to express the consequences for one’s actions if they are foolish enough to make these decisions. “The Tragedy of Macbeth” is a uniquely portrayed concept of fate, internal struggle, and paradox; the story depicts a human with intentions to receive power. In Greek tragedies, fate uses the hero’s stubborn belief in his ability to determine his own fate in order to have him arrive at his fated end in a manner contrary to his will. Macbeth arrives at his fate by trying to be responsible for his own fate. On the one hand, Macbeth has no control over his destiny, and is merely a pawn of fate.
In the play Macbeth written by William Shakespeare, the tragedy of Macbeth, he gained most of his power through the works of lying and killing individuals, thus resulting in the murder of Duncan and Banquo due to the great amount of fear that began to develop, which lead to his tragic downfall. Firstly, Shakespeare develops the forces that encourage an individual’s actions through the mischievous plans of Macbeth against the murder of Duncan. Secondly, one of the most profound themes of this play was allowing power to be exerted on another individual, preferably one who had authority over the other. Lastly, the major recurring theme of this play is the imagery of blood, as it is used to symbolize the varying feelings that recur due to feelings of guilt and unhappiness of many characters, thus leading to eternal feelings of sadness and fear. In the play Macbeth, the forces that inhibit or encourage an individual 's actions are clearly portrayed through the