Human Nature Through Animalistic Tendencies in Shakespeare’s Macbeth Insecurity is when one is unaware of their own worth, it causes a thirst for an empty power leading one down a path of paranoia, dishonor and destruction. This is true for the character Macbeth in William Shakespeare's play Macbeth. Macbeth is ignorant of his own self-worth and power. Consequently, he experiences a hunger for power that cannot be truly fulfilled. Furthermore, Macbeth's own self destruction leads him to his ultimate demise. Therefore, in William Shakespeare's Macbeth Shakespeare uses animal imagery to convey that often when one is insecure they break down internally, forcing them to strive for a greater power in order to fulfill their needs, causing them to …show more content…
This does not allow Macbeth to know people's true intentions and feelings towards him. Incubating his flaw for a greater admiration. For this instance, Macbeth realizes the darkness he has within him, shown through the comparison of animal imagery to himself. Macbeth lies to himself to make him feel as great as everyone believes him to be, “There are the grown serpent lies.” (3.4.30) Clearly Macbeth is compared to a snake, a person of lying qualities with no real human tendencies, like compassion or regret. He is paralleled to an animal commonly considered to be unpleasant, he has snake like qualities that only he knows he has. His true inner flaw is his inability to be secure in any position he has, as king he wants to hide this quality to be seen as divine and powerful. Masking his flaw gives him the qualities of a serpent. During which Macbeth is facing his inner battle of whether or not he should kill King Duncan; a man who thought very highly of Macbeth. He masks his own snakeskin under the face of honor. Macbeth's appraisal of himself causes this masking of his inner demonic intentions. Ultimately, Macbeth's own self torment is unmasked …show more content…
Macbeth's insecurity of himself causes him to thrive to be a greater man. After Macbeth breaks the chain of kings by killing Duncan, Macbeth gains the throne, during which an old man speaks of Macbeth's worthiness comparing him to “A falcon, tow'ring in her pride of place/Was by a moussing owl hawked at and killed.” (2.4.12-13). The symbolism of a falcon suggests heroism, but the old man compares that falcon to a “moussing owl”, an animal squandering for something to kill. In Macbeth's situation Macbeth is wanting to be that prideful animal, but he is seen by the public as a person desperately trying to be important, recognized by his overwhelming pride in greatness. He is no longer seen as the “falcon” by anyone, as his true intention and weaknesses are revealed through the use of this comparison. Those who gave him high honors before are no longer seeing the greatness that was once there before, but the greatness that he is failing to revive. He is now seen clearly as the snake under his own mask. Equally, the imagery of crows and darkness replicates the emptiness Macbeth is trying so hard to fulfill. As Macbeth is surrendered to the evil that has succumb him, Macbeth sees that “Light thickens, and the crow/Makes wing to th' rooky wood.” (3.2.52-53) Openly, Macbeth has gone so deeply into his own paranoia about the damages he has caused to himself and the country around him that everything that
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In the story "Macbeth" by Shakespeare, Macbeth is a character that would overlook his actions consequences as long as he ended up with more power. Macbeth greatest flaws are his desire for power and overconfidence, that also drove to his death. As the story progressed Macbeth loses his humanity and is overpowered by his greatest desire. Macbeth family Is also affected by this flaw.
By speaking directly to the dagger Macbeth clutches in his hand, the author creates an apostrophe. Using powerful diction such as “clutch”, “fatal”, and “false” the author is able to make a hesitant, surreal, and eerily sinister tone. Macbeth is portrayed to be uncertain, yet sure, ready, yet unprepared, and willing, yet hesitant to murder the beloved King Duncan. This helps see how devoted Macbeth is to Duncan, yet how far he is willing to go in order to be king. It also emphasizes the reason why Macbeth is seen as a tragedy since his ambition, the desire to become king, leads him to his ultimate demise.
He does not want to be a loyal servant to the king, but rather be the king with loyal servants to serve him. And because of these ambitious thoughts lurking in his mind, he must ask the “Stars, hide your fires; / Let not light see my black and deep desires” (1.4.52-53). So that no one can see through his wall of false appearance and discern his true deepest desires. Hence, Macbeth appeared to be an honorable and exemplary candidate for the role that king Duncan bestows upon him, but in reality he is only dishonorable for he has notion of regicide to become king himself and must appears to be loyal to a king “whose murder yet is but fantastical” (1.3.139). Also, Lady Macbeth hides herself behind the wall of her false appearance which makes her seem as if she is the greatest of hostess, but in reality she too has “black and deep desires” (1.4.52-53), to kill king
The play entitled Macbeth by William Shakespeare portrays Macbeth, a loyal and brave thane to the king. When a prophecy reveals he will become king, Macbeth is overcome with ambition and greed. Convinced of this prophecy and the encouragement from his wife, he is able to kill the king and take the throne. Although Macbeth was able to obtain the throne, he was was overwhelmed by power and guilt leading to internal conflict, which suggests that success is not desirable through cheating and corruption and ultimately cost more than its actually worth, Macbeth`s reckless pursuit of killing and becoming the king is representative of the power he has and what he is able to do with the power he's gained; therefore. His relentless ambition for king reveals the guilt behind power.
In Macbeth, Shakespeare writes about a man named Macbeth, who has a very strong ambition to be the the king of Scotland. His credulousness led him into believing the prophecy from the three witches without thinking rigorously. Because of this prophecy, Macbeth is willing to do everything he can to gain the throne, even to the extreme of murdering someone. Shakespeare uses syntax, similes, and personification to convey the evolution of Macbeth’s insanity.
Macbeth come across the three witches, there they state, “All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor” (Act 1, Scene 3). In reply to the three witches, Macbeth demanded “stay you imperfect speakers! Tell me more”. With just these few statements announced, Macbeth’s thirst for power and glory arises and is clearly seen.
Throughout literature, we see human characteristics in our characters. Characteristics such as punishment, downfall, middling character, free choice, and nobility. In this play called Macbeth we see all these characteristics fall into place throughout the good and bad choices acted on by our main character Macbeth. The play demonstrates how power will make or break character and lead to his/her own destruction by possessing a few of these characteristics. Macbeth demonstrates both literal and figurative nobility as the plot beings to grow throughout the play.
Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold, thou hast no speculation in those eyes which thou dost glare with.” (3.1.93-6). Meanwhile the guests, oblivious to Banquo’s ghost, take in the scene and wonder at their new king’s hysterics. There is stark contrast between the courageous soldier described at the beginning of the play and the paranoid shell of a man he has become, and seeing Macbeth portrayed this way is a cue for the audience’s
Macbeth’s impatience for power leads to drastic actions. He murders the king in the belief that “this blow might be the be-all and end-all” (1.7.5). This assassination could never “trammel up the consequence” (1.7.2-3), as Macbeth believes, but only leads to more trouble. Although Macbeth seizes the throne, Macbeth had to betray his loyalty to the king whose “virtues will plead like angels” (1.7.18-19), and his morality has paid the price. Macbeth has now lost all sense of what honor is by using such dishonest ways to become king.
The play “Macbeth” by Shakespeare is about a man named Macbeth that becomes king after three witches prophesize it to come true. The Cherokee fable, “The Two Wolves” about the two fighting, one good and one evil, wolves within oneself can apply to Macbeth because as the play progresses, Macbeth becomes greedy for power and money. After listening to the witches and becoming Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth states “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion whose horrid image doth unfix my hair” (1:3:138). Macbeth was always loyal to King Duncan, never questioning how he felt but now his greed and ambition steers him to feed the evil wolf inside (The Two Wolves, 1). Later in the play, after Macbeth killed King Duncan, he told his wife“Methought I heard
At the beginning of the play Macbeth, the main character Macbeth learns that he will become King. When he realised he could be the leader, the power he desperately craves motivates him to alter his character. “Tis unnatural, Even like the deed that's done.” (2.4.6-14)
Lady Macbeth begins her soliloquy using a metaphor which denotes the raven to be an omen of evil. This raven, which “croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan / under my battlements” (1.5.36-37) symbolizes to her that it is destined that the king should die under her roof. Taking this as a clear sign, she begins to call on the “spirits / that tend on mortal thoughts” (1.5.37-38) asking them to “unsex me here / and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top-full / of direst cruelty” (1.5.38-40). In these words, Lady Macbeth seeks to not only rid herself of feminine weakness, but of the natural human response of guilt that would accompany
Macbeth is a tyrant during his rule, manipulating the minds of the people and using murders to clear out anyone that stood in his way, so that he can stay in power. Malcolm worries about the state of Scotland as he exclaims, “I think our country sinks beneath the yoke./ It weeps, it bleeds, and each new day a gash/ Is added to her wounds. I think withal…” (Shakespeare 4.3.49-51). Malcolm notices the true state of Scotland under the rule of Macbeth, as he has forcefully gained his
One of them is described by the Old Man: A falcon 's "pride of place" is when it hit its highest point of flight. And the owl, which normally would capture mice on the ground, went up instead of down and killed a falcon. A falcon is a diurnal animal, and a loyal companion, while the owl is an untamable bird of night and death. When things in nature stand for things in human life, King Duncan would be the falcon, and Macbeth would be