This is shown when Banquo verbally expresses, “So I lose none in seeking to augment it, but still keep My bosom franchis’d and allegiance clear, I shall be counsell’d” (2.1.27-30) Banquo says that he will always be loyal to Macbeth as long as he’s not asked to do anything that goes against his heart and conscience. This puts him in direct contrast with Macbeth. The witches made Banquo a promise too, but he did nothing in response to those prophecies, so he seems far nobler than his friends. Banquo and Macbeth both are loyal, Macbeth was loyal to the king and Banquo was loyal to Macbeth. As has been shown, the character of Macbeth and Banquo both are courageous, ambitious, and loyal but in kindred and different ways.
His courage and strength exceed all human men. Beowulf came willingly to help the Danes which was highly unusual in a time of war (Fisher). He set a moral example for human beings spreading the need of friendship. Beowulf was most definitely the ideal Anglo-Saxon warrior as an epic hero of epic proportions (GÓMEZ-CALDERÓN). Gilgamesh was destined to greatness from birth.
Shakespeare articulates the distressed tone through the use of contrasting diction in comparing Macbeth and Banquo. In this soliloquy, Macbeth realizes that the only prophecy left unfulfilled was Banquo’s: the proclamation that his sons would become kings. Shakespeare utilizes gallant, regal diction in Macbeth’s description of Banquo. Fearing Banquo’s “royalty of nature” and the fact that the witches “hailed him father to a line of kings”, Macbeth’s paranoia increases (3.1.52, 3.1.63). In contrast, Shakespeare’s diction in relation to Macbeth’s kingship has a worthless connotation.
On the other hand, the emotional attributes of Macbeth include; ambition, remorse, and fear. These traits play an important role in provoking his evil side. His ambitions are portrayed earlier on when the witches prophesied that he was going to be the king. He ponders
Wulfgar stated in the poem “ That having come to him from over the open sea you have come bravely and are welcome (129-130). Beowulf was a very brave person he shown it in his battle with the Grendel. He even quotes: “Now Grendel and I are called together, and I’ve come “(159-160). “When he was battling the Grendel’s ferocious mother. The mighty water witch, and swung his sword, his ring-marked blade, straight at her head; the iron sang its fierce song, sang Beowulf’s strength” (475-478).
The witches and Lady Macbeth together push him over to do what his innate nature will let him do, his inborn courage and goodness, and they motivate him to do things that are not by any means in his tendency. It is his feeble mindedness, his simple weakness to recommendation and enticement that is his lamentable blemish. That is the reason, once he shows out the way of homicide, he can't take it; he is overcome by blame, apprehension and suspicion exactly in light of the fact that executing for individual increase is not in his tendency. Lady Macbeth, who knows her spouse very well emasculates him and makes him do what she wants while the witches makes Macbeth mess with his own
Lady Macbeth and Macbeth fight about manhood and courage. Lady Macbeth says that, its having what you want but Macbeth says its about the being responsible rather than selfish and having the power to not be greedy and take take what you want. Macbeth's first soliloquy talks about the Witches, as they were telling Macbeth he will be "king hereafter” which made him want to get the throne. Although it may have encourage Macbeth, to do something about, it doesn’t change his mindset and he's still
Macbeth became a favorite to Duncan and wanted to please him. After his encounter with the witches, though his thoughts began to change. After hearing “All hail, Macbeth,/ thou shalt be king hereafter!,” (1.3.50) from the witches, he is ready for his prophecies to become true. When Duncan announces that Macbeth is now the Thane of Cawdor, Banquo attempts to warn him to not over analyze the witches’ prophecy. He tries to tell them that they are trying to trick him by only telling him little parts of the truth.
To wiccans the rede is a law, a rule or method of evaluating the morality of a decision before they do something they should not they look at things in different ways before they do something. The Rede says an it harm none do as thou will meaning you do what you want as long as you do not harm anyone including yourself. What, then, is ethics? Ethics is two things. First,
This second vision also represents Macbeth’s ambition. 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. Macbeth knows that the witches’ prediction will come true due to his experience with the first prophecy.
Moreover, it is shown that Macbeth is not just a character that the witches try to control, but that he has enough choice to create his own path in life. Macbeth lets the witches’ prediction, that he “...shalt be king hereafter” (Shakespeare I.iii.53), influence the decisions he makes. Macbeth blindly listens to the witches’ prophecy without any proof, so he “... is not only a tyrant, but also his unselfconscious superstition causes him to be an incompetent one” (McGrail 32). Macbeth chooses to believe in the witches rather than dismissing their words like Banquo does. Therefore, it is this choice that leads him to his doomed fate.