In William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Macbeth begins as a man of integrity and is a noble man. Infact he was one of the king’s favorite fighters and subjects. But over time Macbeth becomes corrupt once the power and the crown are his. Macbeth first becomes power thirsty when he and Banquo were given a prophecy by the three weird sisters. The theme ambition shows up frequently in the character Macbeth, especially when it has some relation to murder and the throne, to get the throne to begin with, some examples are when he killed King Duncan, Macduff’s family and Banquo, to keep the throne.
When Banquo asked them to predct his future, they told him that he will father a king. Both men seamed suspicios but soon after Macbeth was hailed as Thane of Cawdor, due to the death of the past Thane. After having told lady macbeth about the weird occurrence, she then manipulated Macbeth to murder King Duncan in his sleep when he comes to his castle, to become king. After the murder, Macbeth was named king but brought suspicion upon him by Banquo. Fufilling the predictions made by the witches, he feared that his reign as king will end as busquo was going to father a king.
Macbeth fears that he will lose his power and Banquo will take the throne. Him and Banquo were close friends who fought in battle together. Although Macbeth killed Duncan, Banquo was very suspicious of they way Macbeth started acting.In act I, Scene III, line 72, the first witch says“ lesser than Macbeth, and greater.” Banquo was with Macbeth when the witches were talking. They both know that Banquo will not be king, but his future generation will, so Macbeth is comfortable about his kingship .Now in a different act Macbeth is now king and he’s scared that the witches Prophesy will come true. He later hires “ killers ” to kill Banquo and his son, who could possibly inherit the throne.
Macbeth was contemplating the consequences of murdering Duncan and foresees his future of being overthrown by righteousness. He is worried that “This even-handed justice/ Commends th’ ingredience if our poisoned chalice/ To our own lips.” (1.7.10-12). Macbeth, at this point, have not been obsessed with lust for power. He raised self-awareness that the violence he used to wrongly proclaim himself king will be used to take vengeance against him. Such violence made him a “tyrant” and eventually killed by Macduff in anger of Macbeth’s crimes.
In this Macbeth is saying that Banquo is dead and Fleance who has fled will in time get what he deserves but he can do nothing to harm Macbeth now. With every death, Macbeth has become more and more ruthless, he hasn’t even let it set in that he just ordered the murder of another of his friends. After this, Macbeth goes to see the witches demanding information, where he decides to murder Macduff until learning that he has fled to England. The second apparition tells Macbeth that no one borne of a woman can harm him, and Macbeths courage is spiked again, before he decides to murder Macduff's entire family. This is where Macbeth is officially at his worst, killing Macduff's entire family just because he
As stated in the previous paragraph, the beginning of the story Macbeth is a different character than by the end of the story. Again, at the beginning he seemed to be loyal and good, but with every step he took to secure power he gradually, and sometimes not so gradually, became more corrupted. The entire story itself serves as a very good example of this moral, but some points that really stick out are where he has Banquo murdered after killing Duncan, and when he has Macduff’s family killed after feeling threatened. Macbeth realized after killing Duncan that Banquo knew about the prophecy and could possibly link Macbeth to the murder. So, Macbeth does the unthinkable and kills his friend, all to keep his secret and to maintain his power.
The murder of innocent people in Macbeth was important to show Macbeth’s inner conflict when he killed King Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff’s family. The first murder was King Duncan’s. Macbeth murdered King Duncan because the witches told him he would be the next King. Duncan was the
In the play everyone finds out that that Macbeth killed Duncan and the others, Macduff brings an army to attack Macbeth at his castle. Macbeth and Macduff starts to fight and his punishment was that he got his head chopped off. Everyone started to say “here comes newer comfort”(5.8.53). This shows his punishment because he got killed for his actions. He killed multiple people and thought that he would get by with it.
All three of these characters are brave, loyal, and want to seek the truth about what happened to King Duncan. As the play further progresses, Banquo, Macbeth’s companion and friend is told by the witches that “Thou wilt get kings, though thou be none.” Another reason that Macbeth kills Banquo is because Banquo was with him when the witches gave the prophecy that Macbeth would become King, and he is afraid that Banquo suspects him and is secretly plotting against him. In addition, Macbeth is afraid that Banquo’s son, Fleance, will take the throne from Macbeth. In this example, we can see that Macbeth will stop at nothing to retain control. Perhaps even more gruesome and revolting is when Macbeth becomes furious with Macduff’s treason and says, “I’ll put a sword to his wife, children and all unfortunate souls who might follow him.” Macbeth is so delusional to keep his power that he is willing to kill an innocent family to preserve his throne.
At first, Macbeth was hesitant about killing the king because he knew that King Duncan is a great ruler. The people love him, Macbeth is his host, and he is afraid of getting caught. Despite these considerations, however, Lady Macbeth convinces him. She tells him that they will murder Duncan at night, and they will blame it on the guards. 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).