Shakespeare engineered a most impressionable character in Macbeth who easily succumbs to the extensive magnitude of opposing constraints. This character is Macbeth, who is the protagonist in the play and husband to a conniving wife, who in the end is the sole cause for Macbeth 's undoing. Conflicting forces in the play compel internal conflicts within Macbeth to thrive on his contentment and sanity as he his torn asunder between devotion, aspiration, morality and his very own being. He has developed a great sense of loyalty from being a brave soldier; however, his ambition soon challenges this allegiance. As his sincerity begins to deteriorate, his own sanity starts to disintegrate until the point where he cannot differentiate between reality
Greed and guilt are two characteristics that can wreak havoc on the human mind and soul, and give someone what they deserve over time. Therefore, nothing seems more satisfying than when the villain or protagonist gets what they deserve for their bad deeds. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare shows these traits, along with their affects, through the tragic hero of the play, Macbeth, and his wife, Lady Macbeth, also leaving the reader with the question: “Could this happen today?” After gaining the corrupt title Macbeth craves, being king is not as significant as he implies. Macbeth admits to his reign being spoiled saying, “To be thus is nothing, but to be safely thus”(Act III, Scene I, lines 50-51).
The witches have the power to tell Macbeth the prophecies but are not the cause for Macbeth 's crimes. After receiving the witch 's prophecies Macbeth falls into his own spiral of his own downfall. The witch 's, in this time, were mainly old, single women and these women were something to be feared and they were known for tricking people. This is what Banquo attempts tell Macbeth but Macbeth does not listen leading to his demise. The power of the witches are shown when the second witch states "by the pricking of my thumbs, something
William Shakespeare’s Macbeth shows how greed and paranoia affect one’s actions. Macbeth, a war hero who seeks prestige and power, loses control of himself, and commits heinous acts of violence and corruption. With his actions being enabled by the three witches who prophesy his ascension to the throne of Scotland, Macbeth becomes overwhelmed with pride, and acts rashly with the belief that he is infallible. He aggressively pursues any threat to his rule by ruthlessly killing any of suspicious individual, even his ally Banquo, whose descendants are foretold to succeed Macbeth’s rule of Scotland.
King Duncan is already Thane of Cawdor, so it makes Macbeth think that he has to do something to make the prediction come true. Later in the story, the witches make more predictions for Macbeth, but these predictions are used to mess with Macbeth’s head. The second apparition that the witches’ summon says, “Be bloody, bold, and resolute; laugh to scorn
Macbeth allows these multiple aspects to come between him and his power for reasoning which results in his downfall. During Act I, Scene III, the third witch powerfully says “All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!” Macbeth is very superstitious towards all three witches in the play and believes that everything they say is gold and will become true.
After all the convincing and pressuring Macbeth finally gives in, but these are all actions of his own and is the result of his free will. In the end there is nobody else to blame but himself for the choices he has made. Furthermore, Macbeth is challenged once the witches foreshadow his future and gives him a glimpse of his glory. His kinsmen remind him to be more wise when considering the words of the witches.
Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth, analyzes the tragic downfall of a man who pursued his prophecy given to him by three witches, and suffered the downfall because of it. Told his power was inevitable, Macbeth explores the idea of murdering the King to achieve his goal of becoming King himself. Macbeth continually faces this, contemplating the moral issue of committing murder to in turn, fulfill his powerful destiny. While facing this internal conflict, Lady Macbeth developes an influence over Macbeth as well. Driven by her own desire to be Queen, Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to commit the murder, by challenging his manhood and often reminding him that it is, in fact, his destiny.
Through his ambition and need for becoming king, Macbeth’s attraction and eagerness for power costs him his value of good morals. As he murders one character, Macbeth must go on murdering several others to conceal the truth of his secrets as if he were concealing a lie with other lies. Macbeths character deteriorates to the point as far as taking fault for the murder his best friend and being carefree from the death of his own wife. The protagonist is psychologically damaged and there is no positive outcome that can result from a character who goes through a transformation as treacherous and corrupt as Macbeth had due to the external forces and his ambition for
Lady Macbeth’s experiences shows use to look at the full effects of our decisions. The consequences of Lady Macbeth making rash decisions and allowing the spirits into her life can show us in the short term many options may seem alluring, but in the long term, those decisions can have major consequences, such as changing our morals and making us respond differently to situations than we would usually
He feels that because the witches said it that it must be true no matter what the consequences in the future are. This is a leading factor that causes Macbeth to decide to murder King Duncan. Macbeth consciously makes the decision to commit treason and knows that it will have consequences. He even ponders the fact that although he will have a prosperous life on
“ Fate decides who comes into your life, your heart decides who stays.” (Shaikha al Ali). Macbeth is a Shakespearean play about how a virtuous soldier becomes a merciless king, all because of his suggested fate. Shakespeare believes that human’s fate is in their own hands. If we make evil choices then we will forever be trying to wipe the dirt off our hands; Our fate will be tainted and Macbeth can attest to that.
In Macbeth, ambition is a dangerous quality. It causes disaster for both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and causes deaths in Macbeth. Ambition is a lot in the play. Macbeth’s ambition is out of control and forces him to kill again and again to cover up his previous mistakes. Macbeth’s first victims are the Chamberlains who are blamed and killed by Macbeth for the murder of King Duncan.
Macbeth faces an arduous decision of either murdering the king, so he can become the king or letting it happen naturally. The witches appear to Macbeth and say to him: “Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor! All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter” (Macbeth Act I Sc 3 li. 52-53). Macbeth is then informed that he will become king.