To fulfill the prophecy, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth decide that they are going to kill the King and expedite the process. Following the decision, Macbeth proclaims,“Is this a dagger which I see before me?” (2.1.33) He is about to kill the King, however he is questioning the very thought of doing so. Although he is only imagining the dagger at this point in the monologue, the question serves to let the readers know of his fatal intentions. Additionally, this question relates back to the idea of Macbeth being deceptive and manipulative. He’s passing off the murder of King Duncan to an inadvertent act, as we see in the next line, “The handle toward my hand?
How Shakespeare links the deception between the characters show how each of them vary in character and personality, as Macbeth started out as a noble and caring guy but quickly changed into someone that murdered and took things into his own matter when they don’t work out his way. He was fooled by his wife and the witches, but solely because he let it get to him, he had the choice and the chance to prevent it, but instead did nothing to change anything. He gave into the evil ways that they followed, and let it change him into someone he’s
The witches predict and suggest, but they do not control Macbeth; it is Macbeth himself who chooses, through his own freewill to kill the current king (Duncan) in order to ascertain the fulfillment of this prophecy. This temptation for the crown fuels Macbeth’s ambition and thrusts him into unnecessary action, which ultimately leads to his downfall. Similarly, in The Crucible temptation is also present. It is a major belief of the Puritans that once a sin is committed it cannot be washed away. John Proctor is a character that is portrayed as an honest and good man, but he falls into temptation and sins.
Here, Macbeth says that he will have to “oerleap,/For in my way it [Malcolm] it lies” (I, III, 55-57). Macbeth’s ambition is what is causing him to intervene with his prophecy and pursue his goal (rather than leave it to chance). In a way, it is Macbeth’s own “black and deep desires” that make him kill in the first place as the witches never tell him to do so. Furthermore, apart from ambition, it is Macbeth’s own weak will and moral system that causes him to do the actions that result in his downfall. Macbeth’s weak will is undeniable and is illustrated before killing Duncan.
While Washizu showed less ambition. Both characters believed that having more power would be nice but it was Macbeth that showed he wanted to the power now and in the book he stayed after to find out more information of Banquo's kids to see who he was running against with. He didn't think it twice about Banquo since they were friends. He let the idea get to his head.. In the Throne of Blood Washizu did not plot an idea about how he can make the prophecy real right away.
Macbeth recognizes that this means the prophecy cannot come true despite the Thane of Cawdor prediction becoming a reality. This displeases him greatly despite the fact that the king has bestowed upon him a great honor. He feels that because the witches said it that it must be true no matter what the consequences in the future are. This is a leading factor that causes Macbeth to decide to murder King Duncan. Macbeth consciously makes the decision to commit treason and knows that it will have consequences.
She tries to reason logically with him, pointing out that he wanted to kill the king, but now when he has the opportunity too, he suddenly doesn't want to. She questions his integrity and suggests that he cannot keep a promise. She uses a horrific example of bashing her babies brains out if that is what she promised to so. Therefore, she urged MAcbeth to do the same because he promised to murder the king. Thus, Lady Macbeth manipulated Macbeth into keeping murder a secret.
In fact, Macbeth becomes fascinated by them, "would they had stayed." Banquo serves as his conscience, perhaps representing the period audience who would have also thought the witches to be evil and unnatural, and warns him of the dangers of trusting such supernatural messengers; a warning that goes unheeded. After hearing the prophecy, Macbeth already thinks about, "murder," and becomes preoccupied with thoughts of becoming king showing the powerful hold they have over him with only one meeting, scaring the audience who would have believed in Witches. Macbeth believes the Witches as there first prophecy came true and ignores the fact that they’re evil beings whereas Banquo recognizes them for what they are. He even informs his most beloved, Lady Macbeth, who also shares his ambition.
She persuades her husband into killing Duncan by saying, “screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we’ll not fail” (1.7.60--61). By saying this, Lady Macbeth is calling her husband a coward if he does not kill Duncan. Lady Macbeth is motivated by her ambition to gain power by forcing Macbeth to kill Duncan so they can become the new king and queen to rule over everything. By having Duncan killed, it causes Lady Macbeth to get into trouble because Banquo becomes suspicious that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were responsible for Duncan’s
While talking to Macbeth on the realness of the prophecies he says, “But ’tis strange. / 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 believes that the witches are trying to trick both of them into their own destruction and he is absolutely correct. For all he knows, these “witches” could be anyone. Banquo doesn’t trust the witches but goes along with what Macbeth says. After seeing Macbeth takes the place as Thane of Cawdor, his thoughts about the situation had changed.