He chose to kill Duncan when speaking to his wife “I am settled, and bend up Each corporal agent to this terrible feat. Away, and mock the time with fairest show. False face must hide what the false heart doth know.” (1.7.79-82) He has decided not only to kill his king, but to pretend that he is innocent, and take his throne, It is his decision, not Lady Macbeth’s.
Macbeth did not make the most exceptional decisions in his life. He has the chance to avoid all of that by letting things be, but his thirst for power is stronger. When Macbeth murdered King Duncan, he did everything he could to prevent someone from finding out his secret. “Thou hast it now-- King, Cawdor, Glamis, all/ As the weird women promised, and I fear/ Thou played’st most foully for’t.” (3.1.1-3).
In the first part of the play, Duncan changes the rules for the throne so his son Malcolm can keep the crown. After Macbeth and Lady Macbeth heard the news they became furious because the ambition they had for the power was greater than the loyalty. That is why Lady Macbeth convinced Macbeth to kill Duncan for the crown so they could have absolute power. Knowing that it may lead to their self-conviction, and the betrayal of all Scotland.
Scar had a jealous conscience and dark deep desires since Simba was the heir to the throne. Thus he wanted to murder Mufasa and Simba to seize the position. He murders Mufasa but Simba survived, Scar then advised Simba to run away, declaring he was responsible for the tragic death of his father and to never come back, like this he would not disturb his reign. The fervor for power led Scar to murder his own brother who was the king were horrendous actions shaped by power.
He lived in fear of the things he would do. His parents did not want his fate to come true so they sent him away, and tried to have him killed. If they had not sent him away and ignored the fate, it might not have come true. He was guilty of killing his father, but not of incest, and it was the knowledge of his fate that assisted in it coming true.
For instance, Macbeth was plotting on how to kill Banquo. He set up his best friend's murder to keep his prophecies from becoming king. Lady Macbeth is what drove him to kill the king, his best friend, and many more people because she thought he was weak. This is not the behavior that can be seen of a hero. We often hear it said that most murders feel no remorse towards
In the beginning, Macbeth felt a deep guilt about planning to kill King Duncan. Once he did kill him, though, his conscious slowly started ebbing away. Within a short time, he was killing and manipulating many people; he even went as far as to kill the innocent wife and children of a man whom he considered his enemy. What started out as a doubt acted upon became a quick, almost unstoppable path of destruction. Every aspect of who he was, his conscious, was covered by the dark shadow cast by the corrupting sin.
To prick the sides of my intent, but only / Vaulting ambition which o’erleaps itself / And falls on th’other”(ActⅠScene ⅶ) Macbeth has enough self-awareness to realize the dangers of killing the king yet his temptation to complete the prophecy is too strong. Another example of ambition is when Lady Macbeth plans the murder of Duncan and continually urges Macbeth to do it in order to fulfill the prophecy and desire. Lady Macbeth puts aside her reasoning and lets her temptation run her actions. Ambition is what drives the both of them to commit such atrocities.
Banqo is one of his good friends. He killed Banqo because he knew that Banqo knew about macbeth killing King Duncan. Banqo confronted him about it in Act 3 Scene 1 “As the Weird Sisters promised, and I fear Thou played’st foully for’t.” He’s saying Macbeth is king but for the wrong reasons. Macbeth was obsessed with the thought of being king and staying king for a long time but some people feel like he didn’t know how to be one.
When a person kills to get what they want is an example of excessive ambition. Ambition is the one of the most important themes in Macbeth. Ambition in moderation is normal, setting goals, working overtime, etc., but tremendous ambition can be destructive. Ambition led Macbeth to kill Duncan and take his throne. It led Macbeth to kill his friend, Banquo, because he was suspicious of him and he feared he would be an obstacle.
Greed is Murder Sometimes people wish they could be a king, or queen. In William Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth”, the protagonist had so much pressure on him from others he thought differently and decided to kill King Duncan. Macbeth over time became greedy and dishonorable which led him and Lady Macbeth to their downfall.
Macbeth is a tragic hero because he got something he didn’t deserve from being greedy, and everyone is greedy at some point in their lives, and eventually there is someone that comes and guides that greedy person in the right way and teaches them how to not be greedy and tells them that they should appreciate what they have already. In this case Macbeth is lead the wrong way by his wife lady Macbeth, and is told to go much further with his greedy and selfish thoughts. He could have done something else that could of made him a better man, something that
The Power of Ambition For many individuals pride is the driving force behind motivation and ambition but when one’s pride gets the best of him or her it can cause the individual to break down and self destruct. Every human has a little pride in them but when that pride becomes selfish and done for personal benefit that is when it can become dangerous, taking focus away from the things that really matter like honor, love, family, friends and integrity. In his play, Macbeth, Shakespeare suggests that if one’s motivation is selfish and pride-driven, eventually honor and integrity are lost leading to one’s destruction. Initially, when one’s selfish ambition and motivation is just starting to grow, one is able to maintain honor and integrity.
Macbeth’s Thirst For Power “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” (Brainyquotes.com). British historian, Lord Acton explains that people with complete and absolute power over others always eventually abuse this power and it goes to their head. These words perfectly describe the way that the quest for power and ambition takes a toll on a person and can lead to tragedy such as in William Shakespeare's Macbeth.
Furthermore, since Macbeth is dominated by desire, he have no free will to control himself, and he would wipeout anything that hinder his ambition by any means. After he is blind by his ambitious thoughts, he begin to commit sinful actions one after another, like a killing machine. While Lady Macbeth said, "He is about it:/ The doors are open; and the surfeited grooms/ Do mock their charge with snores: I have drugg'd their possets,/ That death and nature do contend about them,/ Whether they live or die" (II. ii. 6-11), Macbeth slays king Duncan in his sleep and exits with his bloody dagger.