Thoroughly intrigued, Macbeth asks the witches to “stay, tell me more” of his future kingship (Shakespeare The Tragedy of Macbeth 1.3.70). Macbeth’s eager questions towards the witches open the reader to the onset of Macbeth’s flaw. Not to mention, Macbeth first completely doubts the witches, their capabilities, and the supernatural presence they represent. Regardless, at the first mention of Macbeth in an additional position of power, he stops and asks the witches to stay and further their conversation. This immediately causes one to question the motives behind Macbeth’s mold of the loyal warrior.
The witches inform him that none of women born will kill him, but Macbeth still insists that he will kill not only Macduff, but his entire family and staff, just to be on the safe side of things. “The castle of Macduff I will surprise, Seize upon Fife, give to th' edge o' th' sword. His wife, his babes, and all unfortunate souls that trace him in his line.” He shows how all honor and integrity is gone, and he has set aside morals to achieve his own means. Macbeth can no longer be viewed as a man, but as a cold-hearted, immoral
In play Macbeth, Shakespeare reveals that an individual’s great desire for power will lead him/her to perform consequential deeds that will scar his/her conscience and change the outcome of his/her life eternally. Macbeth is informed by three witches that he is going to become king and this initiates Macbeth’s thought of becoming powerful. Macbeth doesn’t act on his thoughts until he tells his wife, Lady Macbeth, that he could become king. Lady Macbeth is extremely power hungry and does all she can to convince Macbeth to be just as desirable as her. Together, they come up with a plan to murder King Duncan, so that Macbeth can become king like the witches foretold.
Macbeth Reading and Discussion Questions (Required) Act 1, Scene 1 (1.1) What is the effect of beginning the play with the witches? Beginning the play with witches provides the play with an air of suspense and it may be inferred that evil could be a major theme within the play. Who are the witches going to meet, and when? Macbeth, after the battle Act 1, Scene 2 (1.2) What do we learn about and from the "bloody Captain" (1.2.1-48)? That Macdonwald was an opposing villain and was battling against Macbeth with the assistance of his men from ireland and lady Luck however they weren't powerful enough.
In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare Macbeth was pressured by Lady Macbeth to kill King Duncan when he really did not want to kill someone but Lady Macbeth kept telling him to be a man and do it. Another example from the play is how Macbeth tells the murderers to be manlier and tell them that they are men so it’s ok to kill Banquo. Also in the play, Macbeth stopped caring about everyone but himself and ended up killing
If there was nothing stopping Macbeth from killing Duncan and committing treason, who is to say that no one else will make the same decision, killing Macbeth? After becoming king, his first suspect is Banquo, because Banquo voices his scepticism in regards
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).
The next day when Macduff finds Duncan's body, Macbeth kills the guards and confesses to it so it will seem as he killed them because he was mad at them for killing the king. Macbeth then kills Banquo in fear that he will become king one day because the witches had said he would. Because Macduff found the king dead Macbeth killed his family when he leaves to England. That same day Macbeth finds out his wife Lady Macbeth committed suicide because she couldn’t get the idea of killing the king out of her head. “Out, damned spot!
Macbeth argumentative essay In Shakespeare's Macbeth the main character Macbeth goes to battle against his country's enemy, three witches appear who tell him that he will soon become Thane of Cawdor and then one day king of Scotland. His best friend Banquo is told from the witches as well that his sons will be king one day after Macbeth. When Lady Macbeth gets word of this she becomes manipulative and greedy, she can’t wait to be in power, she comes up with a plan to kill king Duncan. Macbeth doesn’t agree with this plan so Lady Macbeth manipulates him into killing King Duncan. After Macbeth kills Duncan he becomes king and sets out to kill Banquo and his son Fleance so they, he kills Banquo but Fleance escapes.
In modern terms, this quote means, “Good is bad and bad is good.” Not to give spoilers, but this quote is very important for the rest of the play. It’s foreshadowing that a character who appears quite good, may not be so good in the end. Quickly, the scene changes to Macbeth, the main character, who previously had great victories in major battles. His title is Macbeth, Thane of Glamis. Late one day Macbeth and Banquo, the other thane, met with three witches who said, “Macbeth is the thane of the Cawdor, Macbeth will be the King of Scotland, and Banquo’s children will be kings” (Act 1 Scene 3 Lines 50-70).