Macbeth is now (19) enthralled that he is king but something is still lingering in his head. The witches told Banquo, his partner that “lesser than Macbeth and greater. Not so happy, yet much happier. Thou shall get kings, though thou ne none” (Shakespeare 19). Since the witches prophesies has come true for Macbeth, he feels that he has to kill Banquo and his kids so that they do not become kings.
Although at first, Macbeth does not believe the prophecies. He begins to believe it when one of them comes true. The Witches state that he will be the new Thane of Cawdor. Once they leave Ross walks into the scene and exclaims, “And, for an earnest of a greater honor, / He bade me, for him, call the Thane of Cawdor" (I.iii.104-05). Once Ross states this, the Witches prophecies become even more cogent.
By employing different characters to emphasize Macbeth’s mental vulnerability, Shakespeare begins with an interaction of three witches and their prophecies, which begin to stir up the inner thoughts of the noble war hero, Macbeth. Despite his first instinct of finding it blasphemous to become the next king, after the
This shows that the author takes the things his father does for granted and shows that he simply does not care and he does not realize the sacrifices that his father makes for him. After that, we find that the author’s father also “…polished my good shoes…” (12). This ends up being one more thing that the author takes for granted that his father seems to do for him out of love. Eventually the author finally succumbs to the regret and breaks down when he says “what did I know, what did I know” (13). This shows that after reflection the author realizes that the things that his father did for him were special and out of love, that he never appreciated at the time.
From the beginning, Macbeth’s intentions are made clear to the reader; he wants power and authority. After hearing that he will become king, Macbeth’s mind immediately turns to the thought of murdering Duncan as demonstrated in his aside where he says, “... Why do I yield to that suggestion / Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair / And make my seated heart knock at my ribs/ Against the use of nature?” (Shakespeare, Macbeth 1.4.134-37). If he were truly a loyal patron, this thought would not last as long as it did in Macbeth’s head, but his ambition transformed him. As Macbeth’s downfall advances he loses his integrity since his vision is clouded by his ambition and maintaining his rule. Macbeth’s mania gets to a point where, “[the Witches] no longer need to go and meet him; he seeks them out.
Jack is bent on power from the beginning whereas, Macbeth is manipulated by three witches and his wife to take power. Power affects these two men in different ways, Jack starts to become his true self whereas Macbeth starts to hallucinate and go insane. This relates to the point of view of the authors: William Golding believes people are inherently evil whereas William Shakespeare believes people are inherently good. The question is, who is more evil Jack or Macbeth? Both Jack and Macbeth are ambitious and hungry for power.
It is explained by Truax that Weird Sisters have simply touched on the deep-seated ambitions and greed that were already present in him (370). Even, he is one of the heirs to the King of Scotland, he subdues his emotions and feelings but until he hears the sisters’ prediction. For example, they tell these words to him; “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” (1, 3, 3). His ambitions became unavoidable thoughts for him, when he heard Witches’’ prophecies that enslave him to dark desires. He did not allow anybody stand in his bloody way of being King, even if he can commit murder in order to destroy his opponents.
In the Shakespearean play Macbeth, Macbeth, the eponymous character, begins to lose his sense of morality and integrity. The first moment his decline is revealed is after he hears the first part of the witches prophecies come to pass. Whilst thinking about how this will cumulate into him becoming king, he wonders if the temptation is good or will be detrimental. He pronounces that if it is good, “why…[does he] yield to that suggestion…[of killing Duncan]” (I.iii.135). Already, the idea arrives in his head despite the fact that it is a horrid image to him.
There are only a few ways that this can happen. Lady Macbeth wants to pursue the means of the death of King Duncan. Macbeth has already shown his respect to King Duncan earlier in the play so that makes it harder for him commit the murder. Lady Macbeth starts to intervene in the situation and proclaims to Macbeth, “what cannot you and I perform upon the unguarded Duncan? What not upon his spongy officers, who shall bear the guilt of our great quell?” (1.7.69-72).
She even calls upon the dark spirits to take away her soft womanliness. The Witches use words to spark the deep desire within Macbeth to become king. They prophesize that he will one day become king, but, they also prophesize that although Banquo may not be king himself he will produce a long line of heirs to the throne. Macbeth sees this as a threat and he ultimately ends up murdering Banquo and his family. The Witches words spark the conflict within the play.