Macbeth: the tragic story of the death of a soldier, a Thane, and a King. By the prophecy of the witches in the play, Macbeth fears no consequences in his quest for the crown. In doing so, Macbeth asks a lot of conspicuous questions, giving us insight into a possible feeling of guilt or even doubt of his actions. Furthermore, the majority of Macbeth’s more perceptive questions are rhetorical, meaning he knows the answers beforehand. I argue that instead of asking questions out of curiosity, he is using them as a personal vindication of his crimes, implying that there are two common themes centralized around his questions: justification and verification.
Readers see throughout the play that with the influence of the witches prophecies Macbeth’s blind ambition leads him down a path of destruction. Following with the idea of a tragic hero though, Macbeth 's biggest flaw is his ambition as well as (((impressionability))). He is so impressionable by the prophecies the three witches provide him with as well as Lady Macbeth 's persuasive words. His ambition blinds him from seeing that the prophecies of becoming king, and not being killed by a man born of woman are leading him to his own death! The Witches also told Macbeth to be bold and brave which lead him to be a little too (((Insert word))) so he does little to protect himself and the castle.
For instance, Macbeth claims he teaches “bloody instructions” that go on to “plague the inventor” (26-27). This quote illustrates that it is the illegal act that will eventually come back around to the one who committed the crime. Also, the language used is not literal because one cannot teach bloody instructions, instructions can be taught, but are not usually written in blood. Another example is when Macbeth reveals that due to Duncan being such a benevolent ruler his “virtues will plead like angels trumpet-tongued against” his murder and will convince the angelic creatures to tell everyone who the murderer is. Macbeth is worried that all stated previously will come to pass, however it is not accurate.
The main character with power and wealth in the novel is Tom Buchanan, and he uses his control to gain power over others. He displays this control when he manipulates those of the lower class, and he tries to dominate his relationships. The struggle between the power and powerless in the novel develops into a battle between the upper and lower classes. The main powerful and wealthy character, Tom Buchanan, uses his power to hurt other people, and he does not care who it is. For example, Tom Buchanan has a very powerful status, which attracts Myrtle because she strives to be in the upper class.
This undermines ambition as well as greed, By this point, Macbeth is willing to anything in order to help himself and it 's becomes easier for him to commit evil deeds. Another quote to support this claim is” I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which o 'erleaps itself And falls on the other”(I,vii). This emphasizes his greed as he recognizes that there is no good reason to kill the king apart from gaining power all to him. The hunger for power is a result of ambition and greed which is an apparent trait on
Macbeth goes to drastic lengths to become king with his greed for power, Jack creates a savage world with the willingness to do anything for power, yet, Inigo uses the power he gains through determination and training to avenge his father’s death. In Macbeth,
While Lady Macbeth dies in guilt and repentance, Macbeth dies in selfish submission to evil, fighting with what little he has left to retain for himself the throne. Just before his murder, Macbeth declares to Macduff that he will not give up and will fight to the end, indicating that he does not die in guilt but rather in trying to satisfy his evil desires (5.8.32-33). When compared to Lady Macbeth’s remorseful attitude prior to death, Macbeth’s unrelenting behavior supersedes in level of villainy. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth both display villainy in that they choose the path of evil and deceit to gratify their desire to seize the throne. Lady Macbeth puts on a fierce and intimidating front but proves incapable of the egregious act of murder.
He also brings up the point that Duncan is a benevolent king ant that “tears shall drown the wind.” (Shakespeare 288) if King Duncan dies. This passage shows Macbeth’s ego as id and superego, which, in this case, are ambition for power and civility respectively, is at play and influencing his upcoming actions, along with Lady Macbeth’s
Macbeth started out innocent enough at the beginning of the play. He was motivated by only his ambitions to become king which we see when he states, “ I have no spur, to prick the sides of my intent, but only, vaulting ambition, which o 'erleaps itself, And falls on th ' other.” (1.7.25-28). Macbeth is saying how he can’t spur himself to action. The only thing motivating him is his ambition, which he knows makes people rush ahead of themselves to eventual disaster. Macbeth indicates here that he understands that unchecked ambition can cause people to make rash decisions,which also indicates that he has knowledge that his fatal flaw is his ambition, and doesn 't want to end up doing something drastic.