After Macbeth agrees to the plan, explains that he has “no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself And falls on the other…” (I, sc vii, 25-27). Unlike most Aristotelian tragic heroes, Macbeth admits outright his fatal flaw. Macbeth’s flaw encourages him to kill King Duncan and many other negative actions, which sets up him for his downfall. Once Macbeth has power in his hands, he will not want to let go. Without this fatal flaw, Macbeth would have no ambition or motivation to murder the
To a certain extent, Macbeth’s murder of Duncan was justifiable. This was a cruel and selfish act, but it was for the greater good of Macbeth and his wife. Macbeth wanted himself to be the king of Scotland and for Lady Macbeth to be the Queen. The murder was wrong, of course, but Macbeth only did it in an effort to give a better life to his family. On the other hand, as soon as Macbeth started selfishly murdering the chamberlains, he was no longer being selfish for a good reason as these deaths were not entirely necessary.
Violence is what can be seen, what is not seen is disregarded. Chigurh rejects what he cannot see, and goes after what he does see: violence yields power. Not only does he follow violence, but it is something he worships such as that he does what the rules of violence tell him to do. This can be seen when he kills Carla Jean. Back to the concept of the coin toss-- she is technically given a chance to avoid death, but in reality her death is inevitable, as the rules of violence make her responsible for what her husband, Llewelyn Moss, did not do.
Though one person may have a head start, finishing at the same time as one who didn’t simply shows a discrepancy of talent for the sport. Though Laertes’s passion pushes him to extremes and allows him the strength and motivation to enact revenge, Hamlet’s loyalty and sovereignty of logic prevents his deterring from a course of action and makes him better suited for revenge in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. When given reason to act with vengeance, both Hamlet and Laertes consider their courses of action in considerably different ways- Laertes with quick, hasty planning and Hamlet with brooding certainty- thus dictating the true success of their respective missions. Upon learning of the death of his father, stating, “Hadst thou thy wits, and didst persuade revenge/ It could not move thus”, Laertes displays his quickness of temper and lack of deliberate contemplation in his deciding to avenge the death of Polonius as his duty. His immediate thought, to kill or wound the murderer, proves him ill-suited for the act of revenge in comparison to Hamlet, whose depth of reasoning allows him to carefully plot his course of action most efficiently and preserves his best interests
Macbeth acts freely and willingly to plan the murders of Banquo and his son, but much like Bradley says, instead, he finds himself bound by fate. Fleance is fated to be king or to have descendants who will be king. Macbeth can attempt to murder him time and time again but it seems that fate has determined Fleance’s future and is what is keeping him alive. Whether Macbeth is attempting to fulfill his own prophecy or stop someone else’s from coming true, he voluntarily takes action rather than let fate lead
The already powerful, such as Gandalf and Galadriel, desire to take the Ring, but they also fear the consequences of wielding its power. When doubting his ability to eliminate the ring, Frodo offers it to Gandalf. The wizard immediately refuses because he recognizes the danger: "the way of the Ring to my heart is through pity, pity for weakness and the desire of strength to do good”. Because the ring is evil, the wizard knows that any attempt to wield it, even for good purposes, will eventually end up being corrupted, because the power to do as one wishes without being seen is too great for
This type of sentiment can be seen when Macbeth says “ Bloody instructions,being taught, return to plague the inventor” (Act 1, scene 7). Here, with the use of personification, we can see that Macbeth is wrestling with his ambition, as he is still toying with the idea of whether to kill Duncan or not. Macbeth is aware that murdering Duncan is bad and could eventually lead to even more bloodshed, he is also aware that murdering Duncan could ruin his honor which he greatly values. Macbeth states that Duncan is a good man and a good king, and from this he decides that ambition is not enough to justify the possible regicide of King Duncan. Lady Macbeth, on the other hand will do anything to pursue
During the course of the play, Macbeth goal is to fulfill only the prophecies that are beneficial to him and him only. His thirst for power allowed his character flaw to show, for he was consumed with hubris. While he is thinking about his plan to kill Duncan, Macbeth has all of these reasons not to kill Duncan, but his ambition is so strong, Macbeth cannot deny his urge to murder. “I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition” (I, vii, 25-27). He also says that, by eliminating Duncan, he would only be teaching his subjects that a rise to power is possible through violence, and karma would come back to bite him.
Even though you could say they knew about the consequences (as evidenced by Macbeth’s considering why it is wrong and wondering what would happen if they fail), so they weren’t blinded by their ambition, this is untrue because they were blind in the sense that they could not judge well the pros and cons of killing Duncan and could perceive correctly. This proves that whenever given the opportunity to do well, we should always think about the consequences on what could happen if we go too far. We need to look at it from every angle and ask ourselves “Is it really ok to cheat or am I overzealous? How is this going to end? Am I really doing what is right?” It’s important to aspire and be determined, but we need to make sure we are not blinded by our ambition, because even if we think we are seeing clearly now, hindsight is 20-20.
First it is evident that Macbeth is unable to carry out the murder as he is questioning his own morality; therefore, only through Lady Macbeth’s persuasion he can go on, making her guilty. Her persuasion led to Duncan’s death. Lady Macbeth goes on to question his manhood by saying, “When you durst do it, then you were a man” (I, ii, 49). In her argument she is using pathos an emotional appeal by trying to hit him where it would hurt the most so that he would be motivated to perform the task. It connects with the nature of power since questioning his manhood requires him emotionally to execute his plan.