“If good, why do I yield to that suggestion[killing Duncan]/Whose horrid image doth unify my hair” (I, III, 144-145). This quote indicates that the force of ambition is so strong within Macbeth that even he himself cannot understand why it is making him think of killing Duncan. Likewise, Macbeth’s ambition to become king is further emphasized after Duncan names his son Malcolm as his successor. Here, Macbeth says that he will have to “oerleap,/For in my way it [Malcolm] it lies” (I, III, 55-57).
I think that William Shakespeare is showing us that Macbeth has been tied to a prophecy and it is now time for them all to be fulfilled. In the beginning, we are told about Macbeth become “king hereafter”, we know that he does become king when he murders king Duncan and says that the “deed is done”. This shows how Macbeth’s mind became a well of damage when he begins hallucinating and saying, “Is this a dagger which I see before me”. I believe that these thoughts are what lead him to kill Duncan, and they act as images that the witches would supernaturally place into Macbeth’s mind. Macbeth did help us test whether or not we could truly trust the witches’ predictions sending out murderers to murder Banquo and his son Fleance, the witches show that they will not release their grip on Macbeth when one of the murderers says “Fleance, is ‘scaped.
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
This is a sign of Macbeth’s dirty conscious. Although Macbeth’s conscious is in this state, it becomes overridden by his ambition for power. Even while knowing killing someone is sinful, he still murders his beloved king and friend, Duncan. Without Lady Macbeth pressuring him the way she did, Macbeth will not gain the ambition and immense strive for power he does
Macbeth wanted Banquo dead because he did not want Banquo to be the one to say that he killed King Duncan. The author says, “He tries to defend his father when they are attacked but is not old enough or skilled enough. He just manages to escape with his own life” (General OneFile 1). When Banquo was killed, his son, Fleance, escaped before he was going to get killed. Macbeth sent the murderers to Fleance because he was with his father at that time.
In the Shakespearean play Macbeth, Macbeth, the eponymous character, begins to lose his sense of morality and integrity. The first moment his decline is revealed is after he hears the first part of the witches prophecies come to pass. Whilst thinking about how this will cumulate into him becoming king, he wonders if the temptation is good or will be detrimental. He pronounces that if it is good, “why…[does he] yield to that suggestion…[of killing Duncan]” (I.iii.135). Already, the idea arrives in his head despite the fact that it is a horrid image to him.
King Duncan announces Macbeth as thane of cawdor due to the present thane being revealed as a traitor and therefore, executed. As King Duncan makes his decision about the new thane he claims, “No more that thane of cawdor shall deceive our bosom interest: go pronounce his present death, And with his former title greet Macbeth.” (I,ii,64-66), which could be foreshadowing Macbeth’s fate. Duncan finds Macbeth to be worthy of the title and that no thane of cawdor shall deceive them yet again but as it seems, that is not true. Macbeth appears to be a great man but really he will become a murderous and cruel man.
If the assassination Could trammel up the consequences, and catch With his surcease success; that but this blow Might be the be-all and the end-all here, But here, upon this bank and shoal of time, We’d jump the life to come. But in these cases We still have judgement here…” (Macbeth 1.7.1-8). Macbeth passes back and forth trying to justify his reason for killing Duncan.
Banquo suspects Macbeth of cheating to become king and reminds Macbeth that his own son’s will become king someday when he says, “Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, as the weird women promised, and I fear thou played’st most foully for ’t. Yet it was said it should not stand in thy posterity, But that myself should be the root and father of many kings” (Mac.3.1.1-6). Directly after that conversation, Macbeth hires murderers to kill Banquo. This is another murder that Macbeth never would have done if the witches were not to give Macbeth his
Set in medieval Scotland and partly based on a true historical account,Macbeth charts the bloody rise to power and tragic downfall of the warrior Macbeth. Already a successful soldier in the army of King Duncan, Macbeth is informed by Three Witches that he is to become king. As part of the same prophecy, the Witches predict that future Scottish kings will be descended not from Macbeth but from his fellow army captain, Banquo. Although initially prepared to wait for Fate to take its course, Macbeth is stung by ambition and confusion when King Duncan nominates his son Malcolm as his heir. Returning to his castle, Macbeth allows himself to be persuaded and directed by his ambitious wife, who realizes that regicide — the murder of the king — is
For example, when the witches notify Macbeth that he will gain a new title, they are simply telling him of the fact and are not prompting him to act upon it (Rahman and Tajuddin 138). In spite of that, he instantly conjures up an image in his head of himself killing King Duncan in order to get the position of the King, and subtly questions if his thoughts are against his own morals (Mac I.iii.130-137). This thought is not the witches’ fault, but if they never told Macbeth of his imminent future, he would not think this way. Macbeth’s murderous thought of Duncan lets readers see that Macbeth has a lust for power, which ultimately leads to the tragedy (Kesur 5561). In addition, the witches’ apparitions also play a slight part in Macbeth’s decision making.
His “Vaulting ambition” to take the throne provides a little to his assassination of Duncan because he needs something to push him into killing Duncan. His ambitions alone do not get him the motive to kill Duncan because at one point, Macbeth decides that his ambition to take the throne is to be done by luck. He even thinks at one point that chance might crown him without him putting any effort. Without the support of other motives, it would be difficult for him to kill Duncan. Macbeth’s ambitions only put him in the general direction towards getting the throne.
In Macbeth, Shakespeare writes about a man named Macbeth, who has a very strong ambition to be the the king of Scotland. His credulousness led him into believing the prophecy from the three witches without thinking rigorously. Because of this prophecy, Macbeth is willing to do everything he can to gain the throne, even to the extreme of murdering someone. Shakespeare uses syntax, similes, and personification to convey the evolution of Macbeth’s insanity.
Macbeth continuously thought of what he is destined to do, making his prophecy happen faster. “ Macbeth - The handle, toward my hand? Come, let me clutch yet I see thee still, art thou not, fatal vision, sensible to the feeling as to
Throughout Willliam Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the idea of fate and what controls it is a major theme. Macbeth shows that, although outside forces plant seeds, men have the ability to control their own fate. Macbeth was influenced by the words of the witches, believing that the words that could potentially lead him to ultimate power. Macbeth received a prophecy that could possibly change his life; however, the only clear cut way he saw to get there was through murder.