It is human nature to want power, to be at the top of the pyramid, to be king/queen, but that comes at a price as shown in Macbeth. In the play, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth will do anything to have absolute power and nothing stands in their way. From killing to going completely mad, they will become the next king and queen at all costs. The ambition and the want for power is so high that they kill many, they do whatever they can to be one step closer, and they go completely insane, all because they want that absolute power. Although killing is illegal, Macbeth sees no harm at all to killing King Duncan because he said that his son will be next in line for king.
Lady Macbeth fears for his sanity while Macbeth’s thanes are no longer loyal to him. Macbeth shows no worry towards his unloyal thanes though, only focusing on what he can do to continue holding onto the crown. Through deception and desperation, Macbeth convinces men to murder Banquo so he could remain
Later on in the play, Macbeth asserts his right over Lady Macbeth, flipping their dynamic, and distances himself from her,"be innocent of the knowlded dearest chuck." He no longer confides in his most trusted confidant showing his descension into paranoia and obsession with control. The natural order of the universe is disrupted when they murder the king and chaos it unleashed. This is shown in the aftermath: Macbeth hallucinates, Lady Macbeth
Just as Duloc must be in top condition, you are to make sure you fit the same criteria. Farquaad is very demanding, and withholds no mercy when it comes to getting the answers he desires. This is displayed when he breaks off part of Gingy the gingerbread man’s leg. Another example of not withholding his contempt for people who are below his standards, is during the wedding when he was supposed to marry Fiona. She was cursed to become an Ogre at sunset and as he witnesses this transformation, he immediately called off the wedding and commanded his guards to take her and Shrek away Politically, Farquaad held a lot of power.
She deceives him on what she is truly thinking and later on deceives him into thinking that killing the King was his idea and questions his manhood. Asking him questions about it but never actually says it, and says that if she ever lied, which she did, she would kill her children. Pretty much Lady Macbeth is a horrible Lady, but so is Macbeth so they fit perfectly. “Great Glamis! Worthy Cawdor!
ABSTRACT The preoccupation of this paper is to prove that Macbeth and the orgies that are associated with him are borne out of fear and that the series of killings that are recorded during his reign are meant to prove that he is a fearless soldier and a true statesman. The fault with Macbeth is his inability to distinguish the battlefield from the civil centre-stage and the fact that he is a weakling whose hallmark is the battlefield and scuttled from that stage, he becomes a dictator whose strength is the counsel of his wife Lady Macbeth. He realises too late that his bloody preoccupation, apart from teaching others the need to kill in order to achieve a goal, may linger for so long and the more he kills, the more the propensity to kill.
During their time together, the witches give Macbeth another prophecy by telling him “beware Macduff; beware the thane of Fife... Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth... Be lion-mettled, proud; and take no care Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are: Macbeth shall never vanquish 'd be until Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill shall come against him” (Mac.4.1.81-107). Since Macbeth was told to beware of Macduff, he decides he is going to kill Macduff. When he goes to carry out the plan, Macduff is not there, but he instead he kills Macduff’s wife and kids. For a third time Macbeth is doing something morally wrong due to what the witches told him about his fate, that he would have never done had they never told him. After this happens Macbeth starts to calm down because he thinks there is no way the woods will move from Dunsinane hill and he knows everybody is born from a woman.
Without bothering to shake hands with him, or to say farewell, he ripped him open from his navel to his jaws and stuck his head on our battlements. This text from Act I Scene II is an example of how well Macbeth served his country before he was told he would be Thane of Cawdor then king by the Weird Sisters in Act I Scene III. This great loyalty Macbeth had for his king and country was soon corrupted by greed that clouded his mind with power. In the case of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth power did corrupt them because they craved the power the Weird sisters said they would have. Act I Scene III page 290 MACBETH Speak, if you can.
Macbeth is already having second thoughts about killing Duncan, but Lady Macbeth refuses to allow him to give up the opportunity to be king by attacking his manhood, she says: “When you durst do it, then you are a man” (1.7.49). Apart from the preternatural forces, Lady Macbeth questions Macbeth’s manliness, knowing that it is the greatest insult she can direct at him as he is a warrior above everything. She believes in the witches’ predictions as she says: “Which fate and metaphysical aid doth seem to have thee crowned withal” (1.5.28-29). It is by means of attacking his manhood, something fundamental to his notion of himself as a warrior, that Lady Macbeth manipulates her husband, affecting his mental state and leading to Duncan’s murder. Macbeth is aware of his frame of mind when he sees the dagger as he says: “Is this a dagger which I see before me, the handle toward my hand?
He decides his final decision by the push of Lady Macbeth. He tells her, “I am settled, and bend up/ Each corporal agent to this terrible feat” (I.7.79-80). Macbeth end ups murdering the king due to Lady Macbeth pushing his flaw even more. Banquo’s fate, on the other hand, was that his descendants were to become kings. Macbeth's flaw makes him become paranoid about Banquo’s children being king because he wants the throne for his own descendants and not his.
Lady Macbeth accuses her husband saying “Art thou afeard/ To be the same in thine own act and valour… And live a coward in thine own esteem” (1.7.40-41, 46) at which Macbeth takes great insult. To prove to Lady Macbeth wrong, Macbeth finally agrees on the murder of Duncan. Macbeth wants to prove to Lady Macbeth that he has the courage to kill Duncan and he is very manly and will not stop until Duncan is dead. Once he kills Duncan Macbeth begins to change mentally and emotionally. Macbeth’s hallucinations are the product of fear and guilt.
However, his fear of Macduff’s knowledge pushes him to kill Macduff’s whole family, which only increases Macduff’s hatred for Macbeth, which leads to his downfall. However, Macbeth believes too much about the witches’ prophecies, even though the Malcolm’s troops are coming to fight against him, he still declares “The mind I sway by and the heart I bear/Shall never sag with doubt nor shake with fear/(5.3.9-10)”. Macbeth’s overconfidence is controlling all his thoughts, so he does not fear anything which leads to his down fall. When Macduff with fight Macbethin his castle, and Macbeth still says “I bear a charmed life, which must not yield,/ To one of woman born. (5.8.15-16)” Macbeth believes that he is unbeatable even by Macduff.