The witches predict and suggest, but they do not control Macbeth; it is Macbeth himself who chooses, through his own freewill to kill the current king (Duncan) in order to ascertain the fulfillment of this prophecy. This temptation for the crown fuels Macbeth’s ambition and thrusts him into unnecessary action, which ultimately leads to his downfall. Similarly, in The Crucible temptation is also present. It is a major belief of the Puritans that once a sin is committed it cannot be washed away. John Proctor is a character that is portrayed as an honest and good man, but he falls into temptation and sins.
Instead, Lady Macbeth pursues the throne with enough tenacity for them both, at times nearly forcing her husband’s hand. Though influenced by Lady Macbeth’s rhetoric, Macbeth alone holds the blame for his demise as he opens Pandora’s Box and sends Scotland in to chaos. Though Macbeth at first claims he will only allow that "chance may crown me" (I. iii. 151), he is more than willing to take action, starting the chain of events that leads to his fall. His claim to remain a spectator to the potential change of kings is neglected and Macbeth, the very man who decidedly denounces an ambitious reach for the throne, plunges a dagger into Duncan 's body the next night.
Her idea is to kill the current king Duncan by getting him drunk and murdering him in his sleep. Macbeth hesitates to perform this action, and Lady Macbeth responds to his uncertainty, “when you durst do it, then you were a man;/ And to be more than what you were, you would/ Be so much more the man.” (I.vii.56-58) This quote proves how Lady Macbeth believes that in order to be a man, Macbeth needs to kill Duncan to show how he is valiant and indomitable therefore elucidating the impression that Lady Macbeth’s definition of a man is being strong and courageous. Macbeth continues to be fearful and replies, “If we should fail [this murder? ]” (I.vii.68). Lady Macbeth responds, “screw your courage to the sticking place/And we’ll not fail.” (I.vii.70-71) Lady Macbeth believes that screwing Macbeth’s courage and bravery in place will help him get through the process of killing Duncan, and she believes courage is what will make him manly.
Macbeth let ambition become a self induced emotion rather than using it to become better and greater. Because of this you could say that Macbeth in theory killed himself due to his self induced ambition. In conclusion, Shakespeare’s theme of ambition that can corrupt heroes and change them into tyrants is very clear throughout this play. You see this clearly through Macbeth’s character and also Lady Macbeth. Both who were extremely ambitious and wanted Macbeth to become king, but at the end of the play, both died due to their own ambition and/or
He engenders more pity. His agnorsis could be said to occur earlier, when he becomes aware of Lady Macbeths death. His understated reaction oculd indicate his complete exhaustion and defeat together with involuntary awareness and his commentss that life is nothing more than a "tale,told by an idiot signifying nothing." In the end of the play natural order and control is restored as Macbeth is killed and Malcolm, the rightful heir to the throne according to succession and order, is crowned king of Scotland. Shakespeare successfully warns and scares the audience against thinking about
Generally speaking, in the play "Macbeth" which is written by Shakespear, Macbeth’s tragic downfall is absolutely caused by his own free will.According to his personalities, his original guilty and cruel mind caused him to murder the king.His plan foreshadows his deepest desire and what he will do to reach his goal.Macbeth’s failure is not caused by his fate simply because he has made the final decisions by himself.Without the decisions on his own, Macbeth won’t believe those prophecies or persuasions from others or murder the king. Macbeth’s intent to murder King Duncan comes from himself. “All hail，Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter! (1.3.48)”.In this quotation, the third witch is telling the “prophecy” to Macbeth and Macbeth starts to
He remains much indifferent to their oracles unlike Macbeth. Banquo serves as a foil to Macbeth, showing an different reaction to prophecy. Banquo retains his morals and allegiances, but ends up dying at the hands of Macbeth’s hired murderers. In Act 2 scene 3 of Macbeth, we read about Banquo’s death in which his last words are for his son to flee and get away, so he will live another day instead and possible avenge him. In Macbeth’s case, he is willing to kill anyone who will get in his way so he may keep his throne.
By studying Macbeth I have learned that ambition and greed can lead to one's downfall. Macbeth goes out of his way and works extremely hard to kill Duncan and obtain the throne from him. Throughout the play, Macbeth keeps his ambition constant by having Banquo and Fleance killed as they starts suspecting Macbeth killed Duncan. (III.2.p.39). "There's comfort yet; they are assailable; there shall be done A deed of dreadful note" In this quote Macbeth is talking to Lady Macbeth in-explicitly telling her Banquo and Fleance will have to be killed and a wrong deed will be committed.
Shakespeare use Lady Macbeth’s trait of feeling guilt in order to explain ones for great ambition to power lead to their doom. Lady Macbeth and Macbeth have the king at their castle and plan to kill him. Macbeth plans on finishing him, but begins having second thought while lady would do it if; “had he not resembled my father as he slept, I had done’t” (II.ii.12-13). Lady Macbeth felt guilt about Duncan to kill him because he resembled her father. Lady Macbeth would not hurt him by having a bit of a conscience.
Eventually, he then acts upon his greed and abandons his morals through the vile words of Lady Macbeth. After the king 's death, Macbeth expresses his hatred towards killing the king "I have no spur/To prick the sides of my intent, but only/Vaulting ambition, which overlaps itself/And falls on the ' other." Specifically, under his new state of power, he was taking extra precautions to prevent anyone from taking his dignity and bloodline. Simultaneously becoming apprehensive of his throne for this purpose he kills Banquo otherwise his descendants will inherit the throne, and the killing of Macduff 's family since Macbeth was suspicious of his downfall might be coming. "Upon my head, they placed a fruitless crown/And put a barren sceptre in my grip,/Thence to be wrenched with an unlineal hand,/No son of mine succeeding."
Macbeth’s state of mind is now centered on possible ways to become king. Macbeth is willing to do anything to gain power. (This is the point) Macbeth begins to slowly transform into a conscienceless man. Being Duncan’s kinsmen, he’s duty is to protect his king from all kinds of danger but instead Macbeths desire for power increases and starts planning the murder of Duncan. Lady Macbeth is a very persuasive and controlling person.
Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, is a play that mainly focuses on one common theme of insanity. Macbeth gradually becomes plagued by intense guilt as his desire for power drives him to attain his goals by any means necessary, including committing murder. He kills Duncan in cold blood in order to become King, has Banquo killed by three murderers because he wishes to maintain his position as King, and finally, he has Macduff’s family slaughtered. Each of these occurrences takes place because of Macbeth’s will to be King, or they are a result of his guilt. Nonetheless, they are all completed of his free will, which is what causes him to deteriorate mentally.
Besides, the audience see Lady Macbeths is influencing her husband’s feelings by she is using her love as a weapon because she is saying do it or I will not love you. This is manipulative because she is cornering her husband, so he will have no option but to carry on with Duncan’s murder. Another example is when Lady Macbeth pulls
'”. Macbeth wanted power and when he heard the witches say that he one day could, he did not stop at the chance to gain it. Macbeth is clearly the murderer and should be found guilty. Macbeth needed power, he craved it, so after the prediction by the witches to become Thane of Cawdor, he was pronounced just that.”By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.” The desire to be king overtook him. Killing king Duncan and his wife with their servants daggers; who Macbeth then killed after, Macbeth received the kingly title.
He compromises his honor and negates moral responsibility to attain power and position which results in his tragic end. From the beginning, Macbeth was faced with choices and he continuously kept on making bad ones. The witches vision for the future of him becoming king together with his ambition drove Macbeth to commit a crime, make a choice that would then continue to haunt him forever. With significant influence from Lady Macbeth, he decided to take action and murder King Duncan. We see him consider his choice to kill Duncan in soliloquy in Act 1, Scene 7 “If it were done”.