At the beginning of Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth does not exhibit any ambition to usurp the crown until fate is fully tempted in his face through the three witches’ prophecy. Macbeth is fortuned to become king, but his “means-to-the-end” are a product of freewill. Macbeth says, “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir” (I.iii.157-159). Macbeth considers the fact that he has a choice and that fate will naturally make him king without his influence, but when Malcom is named heir to the throne he is persuaded into action. The witches predict and suggest, but they do not control Macbeth; it is Macbeth himself who chooses, through his own freewill to kill the current king (Duncan) in order to ascertain the fulfillment of this prophecy.
Many would argue that it was not Macbeth’s ambition that caused him to kill King Duncan but instead was his wife using her femininity in order to charm Macbeth into doing as she says . However, Macbeth’s hunger for power was already seen when King Duncan gives Malcolm the title of Prince of Cumberland. Macbeth tells himself that he must not reveal his true intentions: “Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires.” (Shakespeare I.iv.58-59) This shows Macbeth has the intention of claiming the crown for himself before he even talks to Lady Macbeth about what they should do when Duncan arrives at their castle. Furthermore, Shakespeare displays Macbeth's ambitions even earlier in the play while fighting against the rebels.
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
The events that take place in Macbeth are both the choices he makes and the witches prophecies. Fate and free will is what causes Macbeth to fall in the end. In Act 1, Macbeth is content with his future being led by “chance.” He says “If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir” (I.iii.143-144). Macbeth thinks by letting “chance” take over there is no reason to go against King Duncan. He becomes the “Thane of Cawdor” which is one of the prophecies of
He engenders more pity. His agnorsis could be said to occur earlier, when he becomes aware of Lady Macbeths death. His understated reaction oculd indicate his complete exhaustion and defeat together with involuntary awareness and his commentss that life is nothing more than a "tale,told by an idiot signifying nothing." In the end of the play natural order and control is restored as Macbeth is killed and Malcolm, the rightful heir to the throne according to succession and order, is crowned king of Scotland. Shakespeare successfully warns and scares the audience against thinking about
Should he be morally sound and not kill the King or take the chance and do it. Macbeth is faced with three internal struggles, considering killing the King, weighing the advantages and disadvantages, and the aftermath of killing the King. The reader first sees Macbeth have an internal struggle when he’s thinking about murdering King Duncan. "If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, without my stir." (I, iii, 143-144) When he says this he’s showing guilt over the immorality of his intentions.
Shakespeare Macbeth (1606), tells the catastrophic story of Macbeth’s bloody rise to power and then tragic downfall. (Harcour, 2016) Shakespeare, conveys a theme that integrity can be overpowered and destroyed by ambition. The theme is demonstrated throughout the play by the clever use of literary devices and language features. Shakespeare focuses on how Macbeth’s integrity is damaged and diminished due to his ambitions. At the first stage, a Captain describes Macbeth as a loyal subject dedicated to serve King Duncan.
In Macbeth one of the witches says, ¨All hail, Macbeth, thou shalt be king hereafter” (Shakespeare 51). Macbeth is given a prophecy that he will become king. It is his destiny that he can not change. Shakespeare also believes that people can control how they get to their destiny. Macbeth says, ¨I am settled, and bend up each corporal agent to this terrible feat¨ (Shakespeare 88-89).
The first influence in Macbeth’s decisions, are the witches. After they tell him that he will be king, Macbeth is stricken, and confused on why he should be king. The witches throughout the story just continue giving Macbeth reasons to keep murdering and killing the people around him. Secondly they allow Macbeth to believe he is relatively invincible, and cannot be killed by any circumstance, or reason. And this makes Macbeth believe he is the only person that can decide his own fate, and the only individual that can lead his kingdom.
This can be seen in Act III Scene III when Banquo says, “O, treachery! Fly, good Fleance, fly, fly, fly! Thou mayst revenge. O slave!” This reminds us of the witches prophecies that they gave Banquo that he will be father to a line of kings, even though he himself will not attain the throne. This shows that somewhere down Banquo's line his family will take over the throne whether it be when Macduff is King or another King has the throne.