Scotland’s Corrupted Reign In William Shakespeare Macbeth, there is a multitude of changes throughout the play within Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s wickedness. A metamorphosis takes place deep inside both characters; however, the changes oppose each other. “The weird sisters, hand in hand, posters of the sea and land, thus do go about, about: Thrice to thine and thrice to mine and thrice again, to make up nine. Peace! The charms wound up.” (Act1.2 )The witches pour prophecies into Macbeth giving him an insight of what is to come in his future, as king of Scotland.
Macbeth makes you think about fate. Because is it Macbeth’s fate to be traitor and to kill the king? or is he alone responsible for his actions because the choose freely? We see fate throughout the whole play, but especially in the three weird sisters, Macbeth’s actions and the appearance of Banquo’s ghost.
Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell." (II, i, 70-72). He had killed the king to fulfill his lust-filled greed. That was the works of free will. The witches never foretold of what he had to do to become king, Macbeth chose that for himself.
Then, he hires murderers to kill Banquo and Fleance (Banquo’s son). They kill Banquo but Fleance manages to escape. Back at the castle during the banquet, Banquo’s ghost appears. Macbeth is struck with fear and guilt when he sees it. This is when Macbeth, for the first time, is expressing his internal guilt.
One would assume that the witches could be blamed for influencing Macbeth with their prophecies. The witches are able to make Macbeth acknowledge his own dark desires. In Act I, Scene III, the three witches call out one after the other claiming “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to you, Thane of Glamis! / All hail, Macbeth!
Who could impress the forest.”(act.4 scene.i lines.104-105) and march with an army or that no man “woman born shall harm Macbeth” (act.4 scene.i line 185-186). The witches tricked Macbeth into becoming something worse than monsters that go bump in the night. The witches created a tyrant that would be his own damnation. He viewed Macduff as a target that must be eliminated, but when they fought Macduff said he was not born and macbeth realized he could not beat him and “(threw) down (his) warlike shield.”(act.5 scene.vii line 38). Macbeth was slain because he would refuse to bow down and surrender to whom he thought was his rival and every prophecy would come to
“Seize upon Fife, give to th' edge o' th' sword / His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls” (4:1:152-153). Though when the murderers go to kill them, only Macduff’s family is home. When Macduff hears word that Macbeth has murder his family, he seeks revenge in the only way possible: kill Macbeth. “Hail, king! For so thou art.
Not only did Macbeth die for being overly ambitious. His wife also dies as well for riding the same wave as Macbeth and being selfish for being king and queen. We see this in Act 5 scene 5 when Macbeth says, “She should have died hereafter; There would have been a time for such a word (5.5.20).” Macbeth caused his own death when he decided to murder and steal the rightful throne of
As his wife, Lady Macbeth, urges him to kill king Duncan so he can become king, his urge for killing only grows and transforms him into a serial killer. There are many different aspects of this play that could have contributed to Macbeth’s tragic end, including characters. The three witches in the play could be to blame for this. They predicted his future which influenced him greatly. However, the main person to blame for Macbeth’s downfall is Lady Macbeth for three reasons: her insult on his manhood, her her manipulative tricks, and her influential qualities.