Equivocation is a weapon that grants significant power over a situation to its caster by enabling them to reveal the true intentions of the victim and manipulate their action with the results depending on the intent of the equivocator. In the beginning of the play, the witches set forth the tragic actions to follow by using equivocation on Macbeth. These wicked beings manage to accomplish tempting Macbeth, drawing out his desire for kingship, engineering the death of Duncan. Firstly, the author shows this through Banquo’s caution to Macbeth for considering the plausibility of the Witches’ equivocal prophecies using tropology and rhetoric. Sensing Macbeth’s growing obsession with the prophecies, he compares the witches to “instruments of darkness [who] tell us truths/ Win us with
Here Macbeth is considering whether life is meaningful. Macbeth’s character changes greatly throughout the play, from a respected thane to a king who people want dead. Macbeth gives in to his ‘vaulting ambition’ and, encouraged by the witches and Lady Macbeth, he murders King Duncan for the power. The guilt from this greatly affects him, he thinks he should carry on this path as he is almost at the
Compelling her husband by giving him an ultimatum, be a coward or kill the king. Macbeth succumbs to evil and in doing so, betrays his King. You could argue that when he ‘wore the Thane of Cawdor’s robes’ he became a traitor like the Thane of Cawdor. His traitorous actions would have been met with death at that time. God's divine order is disturbed as Macbeth challenges God by killing the God appointed King and assuming the role for himself in his quest for power.
King Claudius corresponds to all the parts of the tripartite because he shows Id, Ego, and Superego. A quote that shows ID is when King Claudius says “Hamlet, this deed, for thine especial safety—Which we do tender as we dearly grieve/For that which thou hast done—must send thee hence/With fiery quickness. Therefore prepare thyself./The bark is ready and the wind at help,/Th ' associates tend, and everything is bent/For England.l” The quote shows ID because King Claudius is so desperate to kill Hamlet that he sends Hamlet to England to get out of the way and get killed. A quote that shows Ego, is when King Claudius plan for the death of Hamlet is when Laertes helps him out and says “And for that purpose I’ll anoint my sword./I bought an unction of a mountebank,/So mortal that, but dip a knife in it,/Where it draws blood no cataplasm so rare,/Collected from all simples that have virtue/Under the moon, can save the thing from death/That is but scratched withal. I’ll touch my point/With this contagion, that if I gall him slightly/It may be death”(author).
How the Ambitions of Macbeth and Commodus Leads to their Inevitable Downfalls Ambition, “a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work” (Google). The characters of Macbeth and Commodus within William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth and Ridley Scott’s movie Gladiator, both display ambition in its worst form. Macbeth and Commodus shared a very similar route to power after being swallowed by ambition; both characters gained their seat on the throne through deception, family, and murder. Firstly, One tool used by both characters was their different ways of deceiving their peers to get what they want. Macbeth’s first act of deception was much like Commodus’; they both killed the King of their respective countries to try and take the crown for themselves.
Macbeth, Crime and Punishment Macbeth, a warrior, earns the title of Thane of Cawdor early in the play. His wife, Lady Macbeth, wants him to become king like the witches prophesied. They make a plan to kill Duncan while Macbeth starts to kill other people. All this murder begins to weigh heavily on the Macbeth’s and they start going crazy with guilt. In the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, guilt can punish people even if they are not caught, which is illustrated with the downfall of the Macbeths.
In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, Shakespeare introduces us to a man on a mission to assassinate the reigning king of Scotland, King Duncan. Through King Duncan, Shakespeare reveals Macbeth’s crude and unfiltered nature while capturing every second of Macbeth’s sadistic plan. With the use of paradox, internal character struggles, and the idea of fate, Shakespeare provides insight on what madness Macbeth created and the effect his madness has on other characters. Through the use of paradox in the play, minor details guide the path of the story to the very end. Without the use of paradox throughout the play, the play would not make any sense at all.
Shakespeare’s Macbeth exhibits the intriguing themes and concepts of violence and power. The play is based around the central character Macbeths and his miscalculation whilst attempting to gain power and to be king of Scotland. The theme of violence permeates the play and all the characters use violence to their own gains. The obsession of power can lead to the downfall of many characters. Though these themes, the characters of Macbeth are driven to the point of destruction.
One of the most critical ideas surrounding tragedies is fate and destiny. The idea that an individual’s life is predetermined is associated with many great works of Shakespeare, and transcending through stories, if human beings have free will. If all humans carry free will, does that mean that all humans are responsible for their crimes and inhumanities. Undoubtedly, both topics are explored through the play, but Macbeth corrupts himself with his own destructive actions. The Tragedy of Macbeth stems from the fearless, hero of Scotland who then turned into a ruthless king who will kill anyone he sees as a threat.
Once he came home, she told him, “What beast was’t, the, / That made you break this enterprise to me? / When you durst do it, then you were a man; / And to be more than what you were, you would / Be so much more the man” (1.7.47-51). This confirms how she had to threaten Macbeth in order for him to even think about killing the king. She wanted to persuade him to think if he killed King Duncan, then he would be so much more of a man. Of course Macbeth “proceeds, partly out of vaulting ambition, and partly out of fear of his wife’s mockery of his manhood” because he wants to be a man for his wife (283).
In Act 2, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth chose to commit a sin, killing King Duncan, at his stay at Macbeth’s kingdom. 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
Responsibility in the Killing of King Duncan Shakespeare, one of the greatest English poets of all time, wrote many plays. Macbeth is a tragedy that mostly takes place in Scotland, dealing with the physical and psychological effects of ambition. A pivotal point in this play is the murder of King Duncan. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth team up and kill him because they have a desire for power. While both of them are involved in the killing, Lady Macbeth is strictly responsible for the attack.