At the beginning of the play Macbeth is portrayed as a good, brave knight who is loyal to his king. However, upon hearing the prophecies of the witches, a dark, ambitious nature awakens within him – one that proves to be fatal. In Act I Scene iii, Macbeth says, “If good, why do I yield to that suggestion […] and make my sealed heart knock at my ribs” – implying that though at first he is horrified at the notion of murdering Duncan, it is an idea that he is willing to consider. Before he sends news of the recent events to his wife, Macbeth commands the stars to “hide [their] fires” so that no one can see his “black and deep” desires. (Act I, scene iv).
Imagine living a life, but being unable to differentiate god actions from bad actions, just like that of 11th century Scotland in William Shakespeare’s world renowned, classic tragedy, the play, Macbeth. Through the course of the play, order is cast aside, chaos ensues and nobody can justify what thoughts and actions are fair and which are foul. For Macbeth, the king’s most brave and valiant warrior, his mind becomes clouded with greed and ambition, what he sees as fair is actually foul, he just doesn’t realize because the order of society has been discast. The inability for the characters to distinguish right from wrong, in addition to the social disorder “that takes the reason prisoner” (Shakespeare I.iii.88), are what lead to the
Macbeth asks the witches to reveal possible threats, and becomes reassured when he hears the prophecy. He says, “And take a bond of fate. Thou shalt not live, That I may tell pale-hearted fear it lies, And sleep in spite of thunder.” (IV, i, 87-89) The second prophecy symbolizes Macbeth’s desire to maintain his position as king.
The epic poem, Beowulf, was written by an anonymous author, but followed the same heroic character or person who is loyal, just like the Anglo-Saxons. The Anglo-Saxons were very dependant on their lord and they would show him their loyalty in various ways. There are several ways that define a hero, such as Beowulf, in this epic poem. A hero is not only loyal, but also unselfish, courageous, and shows his faithfulness.
In Act I, the three witches visit Macbeth and Banquo on the heath. The witches make three predictions; past, present, future. Macbeth is Thane Of Glamis, he will be the Thane of Cawdor, and then he will become King, and Banquo's sons will become king but not Banquo. Later in the same scene, Ross and Angus meet Macbeth. They tell Macbeth that he is now the Thane of Cawdor by Duncan's command.
Lady Macbeth in the beginning of the play is manipulative, most of the times she manipulates her husband into doing either what she wants or what she thinks he should do. For example, when Macbeth does not want to kill Duncan anymore, Lady Macbeth convinces him by saying “from this time such I account thy love. Art thou afeared to be the same in thine own act and valor as thou art in desire? (I.vii line 38-41). 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
When fate is brought into question, one thing people often ponder upon is what is the point of no return? There were many times throughout Macbeth by Shakespeare that Macbeth had the opportunity to change his serendipity. If Macbeth would have swallowed his pride when he received the three prophecies from the three witches, what was destined for him could have immensely been altered. Macbeth’s first encounter with the witches in Act 1 Scene 3 was the moment at which his entire world took a turn for the worst. In this scene the witches appear with a clap of thunder and soon stumble upon Macbeth and Banquo.
Bloody Watermarks The act of betrayal is described as the violation of a contract, trust, or confidence that produces moral conflict amongst who is being betrayed. A popular example of this is riddled within the play Macbeth. Macbeth is a play that takes place around 11th-century Scotland. It entails a general named Macbeth and his friend Banquo who helps defeat an invading army. The play relies heavily on acts of betrayal to display the power struggle that Macbeth (the main character) is experiencing.
“Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red.” (Act II, Scene II) Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare in the 1600’s, is the shortest of Shakespearian tragedies. The main character, Macbeth, receives a prophecy that he will become King of Scotland. Ambition takes over him and he commits many murders to keep the throne.
In the play, Macbeth, I believe that one of the witches was the third murderer. In the play, Macbeth hires two murderers to carry out several brutal acts for him. When the murderers go to kill Banquo and his son, there are three murderers. The witches love to use people and watch them suffers. To do this to Macbeth, they need to gain his trust.
Greed for power leads corrupt leaders to pursue power through ruthless and violent ways, putting their countries in an unstable state. Macbeth commits murders and violent acts to earn his absolute power, but his corrupt mindset of yearning power leads to instability in the Scotland. After hearing from the witches, Macbeth admits that, “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.”
Although to fulfil this position requires regicide. Lady Macbeth is inherently aware her capacity to do as such will be impended by her femineity. From this realisation stems her infamous plea to the forces of nature, as she begs: “Come, you spirits that tend on mortal thoughts,
What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?Here's the smell of the blood still all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. It's been too long since last i slept a night without a senseless sleep. The unknown words that fill the pages when I wake are proof of my madness . I have not left my chamber in weeks and my guard and chamber woman worry and check on me constantly.
In act one of Macbeth, the purpose of the three witches was to tempt Macbeth in terms of foreshow the fate of him which leads him to self-destruction by being greedy to the power of throne. At the beginning, the prophecies of the witches weren’t believed by Macbeth, even though it aroused Macbeth’s curiosity. “Speak, I charge you.” (Act1 Scene3 Line79) However, when he was told that he would become the Thane of Cawdor, the reward of the Thane swayed his loyalty and moral gradually.