In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare Macbeth was pressured by Lady Macbeth to kill King Duncan when he really did not want to kill someone but Lady Macbeth kept telling him to be a man and do it. Another example from the play is how Macbeth tells the murderers to be manlier and tell them that they are men so it’s ok to kill Banquo. Also in the play, Macbeth stopped caring about everyone but himself and ended up killing
Then Hamlet (thinking it was the king) stabs Polonius through the curtain. Then the ghost comes back and reminds hamlet that it is not Gertrude to blame. Because of his actions at the end Gertrude drinks a poisoned glass that was meant for hamlet and dies. Second, I don’t think Ophelia actions are justified either. According Doc C: Ophelia’s father Polonius was killed which really affected her and she became crazy.
In the entirety of the play Macbeth gains power by murdering his enemies and those who suspect him. This also ties into his downfall, if you hear the witches prophecies clearly you might be able to tell that they also predict that happening. Yet Macbeth blinded by power has overlooked this and is only looking to gain more strength and build on what he has already. “Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weird women promised, and I fear Thou played’st most foully for ’t.”(act 3, scene 1, pg 1). Banquo’s suspicion evidently leads to his death as Macbeth has him murdered before the banquet.
Sadly, this title was not enough for him so Macbeth’s imagination had the “witches” prophecy be that Macbeth would become the Thane of Cawdor (which he already knew) and a king. The prophecy was an escape route for the little bit of good that he had within him so that the murder of King Duncan would be justifiable because the witches said that he would. All of these sick and demented thoughts drove Macbeth to kill all of those people but there is also another layer on the downfall of
Macbeth hallucinates and wonders aloud “Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible to feeling as to sight, or art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation, proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?”(Macbeth II.ii.36-39). As Macbeth prepares mentally to kill his beloved king, he imagines a bloody dagger much like the one he plans to use on Duncan. He blames this hallucination on stress and tries to push it aside. This is important because it shows that Macbeth's mind has begun to falter but is not entirely gone. This is only the beginning of a long road of bad judgment for Macbeth.
Macbeth’s negative ambition to become king also caused him to kill others that tried to stop him or got in his way of being king. All of this madness caught up to him and started to make Macbeth act bizarre, “…sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep”-the innocent sleep” (II, I, 35). Macbeth’s unhealthy ambitions also caught up to him when he went to fight in the forest of Donaldbain and got killed, “Hail, king! For so thou art.
The blood not only represents the guilt, but their reactions to it, and how it changes as the story moves along. First Macbeth is in shock, regretful, and feeling guilty, he thinks the blood on his hands will never wash off. Lady Macbeth, who shows no signs of guilt herself, helps him get through the guilt, but instead of learning from that experience, he accepts the guilt and keeps killing, which would eventually lead to his downfall “blood will have blood.” Lady Macbeth however, goes from no guilt, to so much regret it drives her insane. She tries furiously to wash the “blood” off her hands, now feeling as Macbeth did. However, she had no one to guide her.
The first time Macbeth met the witches one thing they said to Banquo was that his son will rule the world in the fear that someone will take his kingship he tried to kill Banquo’s son. Most of the characters who were killed in the play died off stage and Macbeth was killed on stage this shows that due to his evilness and the crimes he committed Shakespeare showed that this is what will happen to you and too much ambition is not a good
He had just killed king Duncan and he says that he will never be able to wash all of the blood out of his hands. He feels so guilty that he thinks that what he did will never get better. He is seeing the consequence of listening to the witches. This is an example of guilt because at that point he would do anything to take it back. Another example of guilt is the hallucinations that Macbeth has after he kills someone.
Macbeth shows his downfall when the English army comes to his castle and an English soldier starts to call him a “tyrant”(5.2.12). This demonstrates Macbeth's downfall because everyone used to think that he was a good strong leader and that he could do anything. When everyone realized that it was Macbeth who killed king Duncan and the others, they were disappointed in him. His downfall ended up leading to his punishment. In the play everyone finds out that that Macbeth killed Duncan and the others, Macduff brings an army to attack Macbeth at his castle.