Macbeth begins to employ treachery in order to achieve his goals and use tyranny to subdue anyone who opposes him including his wife. His treachery is most visible in the play when Macbeth betrays and kills both Duncan and Banquo as well as Macduff’s family. Macbeth says this before deciding to kill Duncan, “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, shakes so my single state of man that function is smother'd in surmise.” (I. iii. 139-141) After steeling himself for the murder of Duncan, Macbeth says, “I am settled, and bend up each corporal agent to this terrible feat.
In the play of Macbeth, there are some characters that could be responsible for Duncan’s death. I personally think Lady Macbeth is the cause of Duncan's murder. She is the most ambitious to kill the king in the beginning of the play, pressuring Macbeth. Lady Macbeth was persuasive of driving Macbeth to commit the murder. She manipulates him to go through with the murder even though he was very doubtful about it.
As Act IV begins you begin to notice that this Act is going to be the turning point in the play. As the prophecies start to sit in and become true the Twisted Sisters prophesy that Macbeth’s downfall with the three apparitions; “Beware the Thane of Fife”, “none of woman born shall harm Macbeth” , and “Fear nothing until Great Birnam Wood moves to high Dunsinane hill”. In order to protect himself, Macbeth decides to kill Macduff and takes what the Twisted Sisters said of the apparitions. He knew that once he killed Macduff that he would be safe, but that was only until he learned that he couldn’t kill Macduff so instead he arranged to kill Macduff’s family and the rest of his household when he wasn’t
Ambition can be used for good or evil. At the beginning of the play, Lady Macbeth uses her ambition for cruelty and wants to gain power. Lady Macbeth shows her cruelty by saying, “Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe topful of direst cruelty!” (1.5.38--41). What she means by this is that if Macbeth is too scared and cowardly to kill Duncan then she wishes that she was not a woman so that she could do it herself.
Themes in Macbeth Macbeth is play about craving power, contemplating your gender, and being defeated by your own ambition. These three themes in Macbeth have one general word in common its, Macbeth. Not only was Macbeth a power-hungry man defeated by his own ambitions, but also got look down upon especially by his wife for his unmanliness. He had one main goal in mind, to be king, and he wouldn’t let anyone or anything get in his way, even if that meant killing everyone in his path.
In this case, the good would be Macbeth’s thoughts towards the murder of King Duncan, before when he thought as a loyal soldier would. The evil won and he became ambitious and oblivious to his actions just to end up dead, killed by Macduff as revenge for his family. The blood on every page of the play shows the guilt of Macbeth and how it drove him to the end, just for his
Macbeth, a tragedy written by Shakespeare around 1606, dramatises the consequences that unchecked political ambition can yield. To truly understand Macbeth, however, it is important to know the time period and political context in which it was written. The main theme, excessive ambition leads to great consequences, is interestingly relevant considering how, why, and when Shakespeare wrote the play. Shakespeare drastically altered certain historical events in his writing. Shakespeare likely made these alterations for a few reasons; to increase the excitement by adding drama, to create a more complex characterization of Macbeth to contribute heavily to the theme of the play, and politically to cater to the ruler, King James the First.
“Macbeth- who may I rather challenge for unkindness than for mischance?” (2.3.44-45). Macbeth this is about a man who wanted to be in power and would do any wrong deed to get there. With the help of the Weird Sisters and his wife the murder spree began than ending with Macbeths head decapitated by a foe named Macduff. Although Lady Macbeth convinces her husband to follow the prophecies and Macbeth’s loyalty to his wife destroys his thoughts, the Weird Sisters hold ultimate control when they predict his coming title.
Macbeth was always power-hungry as soon as he found out that he can kill Duncan , his first thoughts about it was “My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical, Shakes so my single state of man ,That function is smother 'd in surmise, and nothing is but what is not.” Macbeth’s first thought after realising that he can be a king was to murder Duncan, That indicates that Macbeth always wanted to kill King Duncan to take the throne and when Lady macbeth got the letter from his husband explaining that the witches prophesied him saying that he can be a king the first thing that came in her mind was to kill Duncan and take over. She also talks about Macbeth always wanted to do it but he isn’t man enough to do this task “ Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be ,What thou art promised.
We are all capable of doing good and bad acts. What motivates us to be good or bad depends on the person. In William Shakespeare 's play Macbeth, the title character is motivated by power, therefore he will do anything to stay and gain power. Macbeth always results in violence to keep his authority; this is shown by Macbeth killing Duncan and then ordering both Banquo and Macduff to be executed due to Macbeth 's fear of being overthrown. When one results to violence, more violence follows.
The prophecy that changes everything forever is the one that claims Macbeth will remain undefeated until great Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane Hill. " Macbeth will never be beaten, until great Birnam of Wood comes to Dunsinane Hill." (4.1) All hell breaks loose after the news. Macbeth enforces stronger laws and kills Macduff 's wife and child when Macduff ventures off to England.