Macbeth is a play written by Shakespeare in 1606 about power and guilt. Though many scenes in the classic play, Macbeth talking to Banquo’s ghost, Lady Macbeth attempting to wash away the blood, and Lady Macbeth saying water will fix everything, are the three most important scenes to show the theme of guilt.
In Act 3 Macbeth fears that being king won’t last if Banquo's descendant is destined for the throne. In the beginning of Act Three, Macbeth has become king, he feels being king is worthless if his position is as king is safe. (Act 3, Scene 1, Lines (52-76) Macbeth thinks he can cheat fate by killing Banquo thereby preventing him from producing heirs to the throne. (Act 3, Scene 1, Lines 75-76).Furthermore, this leads to Macbeth hiring murders to kill Banquo and Fleance before/away from the banquet so he can remain blameless. (Act 3 Scene 147-148) The murders ambush them and kills Banquo’s by slicing his throat. (Act 3, Scene 4, Line 20) Macbeth is willing to kill a good friend for the title of being king and the power it comes with it.
Who is responsible for Macbeth’s downfall, the witches, or Macbeth? Who is responsible for the scorpions in Macbeth’s mind, the savage killing of several people in cold blood, the conception near the end of the play that Macbeth grasps of nihilism, and Macbeth getting so shielded in the prophecies that he can barely see straight? Is it Macbeth... or the witches? The play by William Shakespeare, Macbeth, has many motifs and famous quotes. However, it raises a lot of questions. One of which is the question mentioned earlier, who is responsible for what happened? Who’s fault is it that Macbeth is so mad he says, “Oh, full of scorpions is my mind, dear wife!” (3.2.38). Is it really the witches fault?
Macbeth arrives to see the three witches, and they tell Macbeth of four apparitions. They tell Macbeth of an armed, floating head, which means no harm will come to Macbeth. His confidence builds up as the witches proceed to tell of the second and third apparition. The fourth apparition is eight crowned kings walking past, and the last one is carrying a mirror followed my Banquo’s ghost. Macbeth send murderers to kill Macduff and his family. Macduff escapes harm, but promises revenge.
The question that’s often posed by individuals who read Shakespeares Macbeth is why Macbeth stoops to the level of evil that he does. One could almost see superficially that Macbeth is just a pawn of fate, which could be solidly supported by the witches Macbeth encounters and even his wife. And fate and free will is defined so elegantly in Walter T. Stace’s Is Determinism Iconsisitent with free will? as follows; “Acts freely done are those whose immediate causes are psychological staes in the agent, Acts not freely done are those whose immediate causes are states of affairs external to the agent.”(Stace). However, in reality, Macbeth is not one subject to merely fate. Macbeth freely chooses however to let fateful factors influence him to
The quote I analyzed was “Thou canst not say I did it. Never shake / Thy gory locks at me.” (Shakespeare 3.4 61-62). This quote plays on words in a way that twist the words to make a true by technicality. When Banquo’s ghost is looking at him Macbeth feels guilt. He says that he technically did not kill Banquo in that someone else did. Even though Macbeth ordered the death of Banquo he's not the one who physically killed Banquo. This makes him technically not guilty of murder. When Banquo’s ghost accuses him of murder, Macbeth is quick to say that he was not the only to kill him. Macbeth is seeing a ghost of Banquo’s that could just be his imagination trying to tell him that he did something wrong and that he should confess. If the ghost is Macbeth’s conscience then, he is trying to convince himself that he is in fact innocent. He did not do anything wrong on a technically.
Shakespeare uses the recurring symbol of blood to emphasize the effect of death and violence on the human psyche. The connotation that Macbeth associates with blood switches from a primary motivator to a guilty reminder. Prior to Duncan’s murder, Macbeth witnessed a floating dagger covered with blood (II.i.33). Macbeth had experienced violence and Blood is also used as a reminder of the guilt and trauma from the murder of King Duncan, the guards and Banquo. Macbeth refers to his hallucination of the ghost of Banquo: “It will have blood, they say. Blood will have blood. (3.4. ?)” The association of blood to his murderous crimes is used to signify his dirty conscious. Blood is messy and can stain clothes similarly to how the repercussions of Macbeth’s actions have a lasting effect of his conscience. He is experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by reliving the horrors of confronting his actions. By seeing Banquo as a ghost, Macbeth believes that his acts have come to haunt him for revenge. The guests at the dinner party are confused by
William Shakespeare is considered as one of the best play writers in history. One of his most well known plays is Macbeth where a Scottish general named Macbeth has a strong desire to be king which leads him to betray and murder his king, Duncan. He also kills the nobles who have been loyal to him in order to maintain his title as king. Throughout this play, Shakespeare uses the motif of ambition, guilt, and fate to characterize the characters, show the different themes present within the play, and how the motifs are still relevant today.
Is it not weird how ambition for power corrupts one corrupt and leads them to their destiny? Ambition for power is lust which tempts one to be corruptive to acquire and protect it. However, in William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, it is evident that ambition for power ultimately leads to corruption when Macbeth’s ambition for power causes the assassination of King Duncan, when Macbeth’s ambition for power compels him to execute those who obstruct his inheritance to the Scottish Throne, and finally, when Lady Macbeth persuades Macbeth to assassinate the people who impede his Kingship of Scotland out of lust for power.
Motivation to attain goals plays an important role in an individual’s life. It is instinctive to put effort for the accomplishment of one’s target. If an individual put genuine effort and enough motivation to fulfill one's objectives, it will result in success. Nonetheless, the urge to fulfill one's goal keeps individual to focus on its mission until it has been achieved. In William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, the character of Macbeth uses motivation in order to achieve his ambition of becoming the King of Scotland. Shakespeare also conveyed the idea that, individuals use motivation to achieve their goals, but it can also lead one to destruction and keep him away from accomplishing his goal. However, with the use of false motivation by
Ambition is a powerful motivating force. In my opinion, Miley Cyrus is a very ambitious person because she is a role model to many and has achieved many goals in life that are impossible to reach for countless people. In the play, The Tragedy of Macbeth, written by William Shakespeare, ambition is considered desirable since it inspires people to realize their dreams. Macbeth, a general in the Scottish army learns that he will become the King of Cawdor and as a result he lets his ambition take control of him. He meets the three witches who prophesize his future and that lead him to thinking that no one should get in his way or else they will be killed. Macbeth's actions of committing a series of murders will lead to many consequences and eventually
At this point, the Ghost of Banquo appears at the party. The appearance of the ghost distracts Macbeth, which can be shown by his distracted conscience. Some instances are when Macbeth says “Thou canst not say I did it; / never shake / thy gory locks at me.” and “Avaunt, and quit my sight!” to the ghost. Due to his betrayal of a loyal friend, Macbeth feels guilty. To further emphasize, the ghost, which Macbeth fears, is not of Duncan but instead, it is of Banquo. This shows Banquo’s significance in Macbeth as it demonstrates Banquo’s greater impact to Macbeth compared to Duncan. Duncan was his king, whom Macbeth was loyal to at the beginning, however, he betrayed him by murdering him to get the crown. On the other hand, Banquo was his partner in hardship, whom Macbeth trusted and was close to. Similarly, he sent murderers to kill him as he was fearful of the loss of his kingship. Macbeth’s relationship with Banquo has more significance to him than his relationship with Duncan, thus, him betraying Banquo affected him with a greater impact than his betrayal of Duncan. This is evidenced by how his guilt takes the form of Banquo and not
Macbeth is one of the tragedy plays written by William Shakespeare. It is about the tragedy of greed, ambition, and wish of power. Macbeth is a complex play and filled with symbols that progress the plot and theme. Symbolical motifs play an important role in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth throughout the play. Shakespeare uses symbolisms so that the reader may gain a deeper understanding and aware of this tragedy. There are many different prominent symbols which are related to the actions of Macbeth throughout the play. Some of the symbols in Shakespeare’s Macbeth are hallucinations, terrifying dreams, prophecies, sleep, etc.
The ghost of Banquo’s soliloquy to himself after he gains knowledge of who has sent for him to be killed and what it truly means to be evil and how fair is foul and foul is fair. What knowledge has Banquo gained during his short time as a ghost?
In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, he presents the character of Lady Macbeth. Lady Macbeth is shown, as a character that schemes into making rebellious plots. She reveals the desire for wanting to lose her feminine qualities in order to be able to gain more masculine ones. When Lady Macbeth is compared to Lady Macduff, they are very different. Lady Macduff embodies what motherhood should look like and she does not invest her time creating evil plots to kill other people. Whereas on the other hand, Lady Macbeth, not as bound to household duties, she sharpens her knowledgeable capabilities for the use of her own and the power which she holds. This is a very untraditional and unnatural factor that a woman would hold. Lady Macbeth also is seen as the more dominant role in the Macbeth marriage. On many occasions she rules her husband and dictates his actions. Although near the end of the play Lady Macbeth’s personality and strength begins to deteriorate. Later committing suicide after having many detailed memories and thoughts from the murder. Shakespeare not only shows how guilt can change a person’s personality but he also portrays untraditional gender roles.